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Four rare mountain gorillas ‘die in Uganda lightning strike’

Four rare mountain gorillas ‘die in Uganda lightning strike’

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Four rare mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, have died in Uganda after being hit by lightning, a conservation group says.The three adult females and a male infant were found in Uganda's Mgahinga National Park with "gross lesions" on their bodies indicating electrocution.The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) called this a "big loss for the species".There are just over 1,000 mountain gorillas in existence.The species is restricted to protected areas in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. 'Conservation successes' bring hope for mountain gorilla What other animals are at risk? The four that died were part of a 17-member group, which has been called the Hirwa family by the authorities. ...
Scientists find two new species of giant parasitic wasps in Uganda

Scientists find two new species of giant parasitic wasps in Uganda

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Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Finnish researchers conducting field studies in Africa have discovered two new species of giant parasitic wasps. The discovery, described this week in the journal ZooKeys, suggests the group of insects known as Afrotropical rhyssine wasps is more diverse than previously thought. The largest rhyssine wasp species can grow to lengths of 10 centimeters -- nearly 4 inches. The parasitic species lay their eggs inside the larvae of other wasps and beetles that harvest rotting wood. Until now, everything that scientists knew about the group of insects in the Afrotropical region was based on just 30 specimens. "A good example of how poorly tropical rhyssines are known is the species Epirhyssa overlaeti, which is the largest African rhyssine," lead researcher Tapani Hopkins, a do...