The best way to spot the giant African apes at a zoo is to take a selfie, say researchers at the University of Cambridge.
“It’s hard to pick out the species because of the noise, the background noise, and even the colour,” said lead researcher Dr David Jones.
“But when we take a picture, we get a very clear picture of the gorilla.”
Dr Jones and colleagues have spent years trying to figure out how to identify the great apes.
Their latest research, published in the journal Zoo Biology, helps identify the species of great ape that live in the forested plains of the African savannah.
The researchers found that the great ape species is more commonly found in a forested area, where they may be found with the same number of individuals as their human counterparts.
“The best way is to have multiple people taking the same picture,” said Dr Jones.
It could also help scientists understand the evolution of the species, he added.
“What I find fascinating is that the gorilla is actually quite unique.”
Its not a chimpanzee.
Its not a gorilla that’s found in Africa.
Its actually an ape that’s been found in North America.
“Dr Alex MacDougall from the University’s Museum of Zoology and Palaeontology in London said it was “very unusual” for gorillas to live in a savannah environment.”
If we’re talking about the African great apes, the majority of them are found in their natural habitats.
“Gorillas are not the only ape that lives in forests and that’s a fact,” he said.
“I’ve been doing this for over 40 years and there are a number of great apes that are found along the coast of Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.”
When we study the habitat they’re found in, we know that they’re living in forested areas, and it’s quite unique for them to live there.
“That’s something that we need to know about them because we’re all searching for the same thing.”
Topics:anthropology,human-interest,humans-and-animals,geography,zoos,colombia,united-kingdom,united StatesFirst posted October 14, 2019 21:00:42Contact John BannisterMore stories from New South Wales