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East Africa's mountain gorillas

Head for the Great Rift Valley for the Geo Quiz: we're searching for a chain of volcanic mountains in East Africa. These mountains cross the borders of Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This mountainous region is home to some endangered mountain gorillas.

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Head for the Great Rift Valley for the Geo Quiz: we're searching for a chain of volcanic mountains in East Africa. These mountains cross the borders of Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The range includes some smouldering mountain peaks that rise 10-12 thousand feet into the sky.

This mountainous region is also home to some endangered mountain gorillas. Poaching, deforestation, and civil wars have put these gorillas on the list of critically endangered species. So, can you name this East African mountain range?
Geo Answer:

The answer is the Virunga Mountains in East Africa. Wildlife artist Steve Quinn from the American Museum of Natural History traveled there recently. Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with him about his effort to find the exact spot that's depicted in the museum's mountain gorilla diorama painted in 1921 and to see the endangered gorilla population close up.

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