Climate Diaries: Drought threatening mountain gorillas

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VOLCANO NATIONAL PARK, Rwanda — There’s a population on the slopes of these volcanic peaks in central Africa that knows nothing of arguments in Washington about climate change.

But the famous “gorillas in the mist” do know something is going on. 

They know the bamboo shoots that make up a major part of their diet, and which used to sprout like clockwork, are now less predictable. 

A mountain gorilla eating bamboo

CBS News

The rains that produce them were a month late this year. The gorillas have had to adapt their roaming and foraging patterns because the old seasonal rhythms of food production have altered. Their world is changing.

The gorillas’ problems are made worse by the troubles of their distant cousins and close neighbors: people.

Since the late rains have also made…

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