Grauer's Gorilla


Following a dramatic population crash of Grauer’s gorilla WCS Democratic Republic of Congo has been working to understand how we can protect this species. Our boots on the ground are collecting valuable data to help ensure the protection of the gorillas. Using the following video and classroom tools, teachers will be able to take students through to process of field research. Andrew Plumptre, and his team explain how the numbers were collected, what it means for gorillas, and some of the threats that contributed. Your students will gain valuable insights on real world science application and how it can be applied to their own studies.

Connecting Conservation to the Classroom

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Using an Interactive Reading Guide to Explore How War Affects Gorillas

Researcher Andrew Kirkby explains the Grauer’s gorilla study and what led to the decline in their population. Use our interactive reading guide to dig deeper on the research being done by Andrew and his team.

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Conducting a Field Study in Your Backyard, Part 1

How is a field study conducted? Learn from one of our senior scientists and then get outside and conduct a survey in your own backyard.

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Conducting a Field Study in Your Backyard, Part 2

Once data has been collected it needs to be interpreted, let your students try their hand at data analysis.

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Take a Field Trip to a Local Zoo!

Learn from one of our wild animal keepers about some of the ways zoos can support conservation. Then use the activity to explore gorilla natural history at your local zoo.

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