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Great apes of Africa: Part one

A Midlands woman has swapped her life in Birmingham for the rainforests of Africa.

Rachel Hogan moved to Cameroon 12 years ago to help save orphaned chimpanzees and gorillas, whose parents were killed for bushmeat.

As the illegal trade continues, scientists warn the great apes of Africa are now on the brink of extinction.

ITV News Central reporter, Victoria Davies, travelled to Cameroon to find out more.

Baby gorilla at Twycross Zoo is a boy

The new gorilla at Twycross Credit: Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo have announced that the gorilla born in early January is a boy.

Mum, Ozala, gave birth on 3rd January 2013. Ozala, was, at first, very protective of her newborn and so staff were unable to get close to the infant.

The three month old baby gorilla is an endangered species Credit: Twycross Zoo

“Ozala was so protective of her newborn infant that she held it very close and it is only now that the infant is bigger, and Ozala has become more relaxed, that we have been able to see the infant closely enough to determine its gender."

Charlotte Macdonald, Curator of Living Collections

The western lowland gorilla is a critically endangered species.

Ozala and her three month old boy Credit: Twycross Zoo


Sex of baby gorilla yet to be discovered due to protective mother

The species face a number of threats including hunting for their meat and destruction of their habitat

Twycross Zoo has a new arrival, a western lowland baby gorilla.

It weighed around four pounds and mother and baby are doing well.

There are fewer than 200,000 western lowland gorillas in the wild.

The species face a number of threats including hunting for their meat and destruction of their habitat.

The newborn hasn't been named yet, zoo keepers have been unable to determine the sex of the baby because mother Ozala holds her close to her body and is very protective.

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