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Exploitation of gorillas Gorilla gorilla gorilla savage & Wyman 1847 in Rio Muni, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, West Africa
The gorillas of Rio Muni have been very heavily exploited in order to obtain specimens for zoological parks and research centres. During 30 months (September 1966 to February 1969) 34 young gorillas were shown to have been captured in Rio Muni: This figure was increased by 29 which were killed in the process of capturing the young; thus 63 were verified as having been eliminated from the wild during that time.
A census was made of gorilla populations throughout the Rio Muni region in Equatorial Guinea between July 1989 and December 1990. The aim of the census was to estimate the total numbers of this species in relation with its distribution on Rio Muni region. The estimated size of the gorilla population in Rio Muni stands between 1000 and 2000 individuals.