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Zoo to offer viewers gorillacam

Romina and Namoki at Bristol  Zoo Gardens
Romina and Namoki at Bristol Zoo Gardens

A webcam has been placed inside an enclosure at Bristol Zoo Gardens so people can watch a group of lowland gorillas at play on the internet.

The camera on Gorilla Island offers a 180-degree view of the western lowland gorillas as they eat, sleep and play.

A spokesman said the best time to tune in was 0900 BST or 1230 BST for the feeding times.

"But it's great for the public to be able to watch these fascinating animals on the webcam anytime," he said.

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered in their natural habitat where forests are being cut down.

Opening up the forest routes gives easier access for hunters who kill gorillas for bush meat and trophies.

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