World First: Gorilla Family to Be Released Into Wild
Male, 5 females, 5 offspring headed to Gabon
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Oct 25, 2012 8:17 AM CDT
A baby western lowland gorilla clings to his mother at Bristol Zoo Gardens in Bristol, Britain Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ben Birchall, PA)

(Newser) – British conservationists are preparing to release a full family of 11 western lowland gorillas in Gabon, a feat they call a world first. The family includes a 30-year-old, 440-pound male who was rescued from poachers, as well as his five "wives" and their five offspring, who were raised in captivity, Kent Online reports. The Aspinall Foundation hopes to release the family early next year.

The organization, which works in the areas of Congo and Gabon where gorillas were first hunted to the point of extinction, is reportedly staging the only current efforts to release gorillas into the wild. Between 1996 and 2006, the group released 51 gorillas. The family's release is part of new plans to set record numbers of animals free. The project comprises "easily the most ambitious and wide-ranging reintroductions of endangered species into the wild ever undertaken anywhere in the world," says the organization's founder. Head to the BBC for video.

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finkster
Oct 25, 2012 12:17 PM CDT
"30-year-old, 440-pound male who was rescued from poachers, as well as his five "wives" You mean they're not going to arrest him for bigamy?.....unbelievable....
reallybig
Oct 25, 2012 10:57 AM CDT
Evolution scientists gave up on teaching them to read and write.... but will continue to try teaching those to read and write, in our public schools? ... HOW far will the evolutionists go, to try to prove evolution?
mehrheit
Oct 25, 2012 9:34 AM CDT
>50% of comments bigoted in nature? Must be Newsercons™.