World’s Rarest Gorilla Captured on Film


| May 10, 2012 - 2:12 pm

Kanye isn’t the only one with rare photos.

Wildlife officials in Cameroon have captured footage of the world’s rarest gorilla. The species known as the Cross River gorilla is reclusive and has rarely been seen by humans up until this point.

A video camera trap caught species, which has less than 250 individuals remaining, the Wildlife Conservation Society reported on Tuesday (May 9)..

“This video gives us all a spectacular view into the hidden world of one of our closest relatives, which is in dire need of our help to survive,” Steve Sanderson, WCS President and CEO, said.

“The video represents the best images to date of Cross River gorillas, normally shy animals that flee at the slightest hint of human presence,” WCS officer Christopher Jameson said. “The footage provides us with our first tantalizing glimpses of Cross River gorillas behaving normally in their environment. A person can study these animals for years and never even catch a glimpse of the gorillas, much less see anything like this.”

Watch the footage below