Read All About It: Gorilla numbers on the rise

December 30, 2018 - 1 minute read

BK3CB9 Mountain gorillas from Susa group on Karisimbi volcano, Virunga National Park, Rwanda. First research on apes did Diane Fossey. Image shot 04/2007. Exact date unknown.

NRDB OnEarth reports that mountain gorilla numbers on the rise in eastern Africa despite all the odds against that happening.

Quotable quote: “The news coming out of East Africa’s Virunga Mountains these days would have made the late (and legendary) conservationist Dian Fossey very happy. According to the most recent census, the mountain gorillas . . . have grown their ranks from 480 animals in 2010 to 604 as of June 2016. Add another couple hundred apes living in scattered habitats to the south, and their population as a whole totals more than 1,000. Believe it or not, this makes the mountain gorilla subspecies the only great apes known to be increasing in number.”

Read the rest of the Natural Resources Defense Council report here

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