Kenneth R. Weiss

People a threat to rare mountain gorillas; how to save the apes?

People a threat to rare mountain gorillas; how to save the apes?

Around Uganda's Bwindi park, home to rare mountain gorillas, the human population is booming, spreading disease to the gorillas and putting pressure on habitat.

More than a third of the world's remaining 786 mountains gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southwest Uganda. These gorillas provide a major source of tourist dollars to the East African nation. ( Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times )

By Kenneth R. Weiss, Los Angeles Times

July 22, 2012

BUHOMA, Uganda — As a wildlife veterinarian for the Ugandan government, Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka had dedicated her life to saving the mountain gorilla.

She came to realize that if these rare great apes...

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