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Deadly Ebola virus wiping out gorilla population across Africa

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The Extinction Protocol

August 2014 AFRICA – One day in 1996, boys from a village in northern Gabon brought home a chimpanzee they found dead in the forest. The villagers butchered it for food. That act set off an Ebola outbreak that killed 21 people, according to the World Health Organization. Years later, on a reporting trip in Gabon, author David Quammen met two men from the village who were there during the outbreak. At the time Ebola was ravaging their village and their families, they noticed something strange. In the forest nearby, 13 gorillas lay dead. Thirteen dead gorillas, 21 dead humans. Plus the chimpanzee the boys found in the forest. All victims of Ebola. For the western lowland gorilla, the toll of Ebola has been devastating. “There has been an epidemic wave of death passing through gorilla populations across central Africa,” Quammen said, “a wave of Ebola killing them as…

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August 24, 2014 at 1:02 am

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