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Mountain gorillas are good neighbours – up to a point

Source: exeter.ac.uk

Mountain gorilla groups are friendly to familiar neighbours – provided they stay out of “core” parts of their territory – new research shows.

Gorillas live in tight-knit groups, foraging, resting and sleeping together around a “core home range” and a wider “peripheral” range.

These groups sometimes split permanently, separating gorillas that may have lived together for years and may be closely related.

The new study – by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund (Fossey Fund) and the University of Exeter – shows groups that were previously united are more than four times as likely to be friendly to each other when they meet, even if they had split over a decade earlier. MORE

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