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Gorilla family feuds: violent encounters between gorillas slow population growth - Dr. Damien Caillaud

Congratulations to Dr. Damien Caillaud and his colleagues with the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund on their publication in Science Advances (11/4/2020).

Their work examines five decades of data to evaluate the role of social behavior on growth rate in a subpopulation of mountain gorillas monitored by the Fossey Fund. “The Virunga gorilla population has been increasing for almost 40 years, but its habitat has not. As the gorilla density reaches unusually high value, scientists fear that between-group aggression and stress will significantly affect the welfare of the animals,” says Caillaud.

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