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Mountain gorilla population now exceeds 1,000

By T.K. Randall
May 31, 2018 · Comment icon 6 comments

Mountain gorillas are still critically endangered. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.6 Kabir
Conservationists have reported that the number of gorillas in one region of Rwanda has now doubled.
The encouraging figures were obtained thanks to intensive field work carried out across the 440 square kilometer Virunga Volcanoes region of the country over the course of two years.

The census involved a collaboration between the park services of three separate countries - Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo - as well as several conservation organizations.

In total, the region's gorilla count has increased from 250 to more than 600 over the last 30 years.
"This represents one of the rare success stories in conservation," said gorilla expert Martha Robbins of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology.

"The population of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes has more than doubled in the past three decades, despite intensive threats of poaching, habitat degradation, and civil conflict."

"This increase exemplifies the dedicated efforts of the governments of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to conserve these critically endangered great apes, and notably, the hard work of park staff on the ground."

"This dramatic increase also shows that extreme conservation efforts including tourism, veterinary work, and community projects can have a positive impact on one of our closest living relatives."

Source: Phys.org | Comments (6)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Carlos Allende 6 years ago
_(Jedi ghosts of Diane Fossey and Dr Zeus high five)_
Comment icon #2 Posted by Orphalesion 6 years ago
Awesome! They are some of my favourite animals, so I'm glad they are recovering!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Dark_Grey 6 years ago
Only 1000? Well, small victories. God speed, great apes!
Comment icon #4 Posted by DieChecker 6 years ago
Maybe the demand for dried gorilla feet has fallen off? Maybe international awareness of their being endangered has had some effect? Or maybe some fad has ended?
Comment icon #5 Posted by MySummerJob 6 years ago
It's still too early to celebrate, but this is good news that I'll gladly take.
Comment icon #6 Posted by third_eye 6 years ago
I do hope none of them are out of work Planet of The Apes extras ... ~


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