(CNN)In a rare sighting, conservationists have captured new images of the world's rarest gorillas with several babies in southern Nigeria.
World's rarest gorillas spotted with babies in Nigeria's forest
The Cross River gorillas were spotted in the dense Mbe Mountains in Cross River state by a camera set up by the Wildlife Conservation Society.
The subspecies is critically endangered and at one point only about 300 were known to be alive within the mountainous area in Nigeria and Cameroon, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The gorillas tend to avoid humans and their few populations have been the target of hunters in the past. Images of the gorillas were also captured in 2012 in Cameroon's Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary.
The latest sighting is proof that Cross River gorillas are "well protected and reproducing," after decades of being targeted by hunters, Inaoyom Imong, director of Cross River Landscape for Wildlife Conservation Society Nigeria said in a statement.