BREAKING NEWS: As everyone has heard news about gorilla trekking where this remarkable activity takes places in the beautiful hills of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, after facing near-extinction, mountain gorillas have slowly been rebounding. International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) updated mountain gorillas’ status from “critically endangered” to “endangered,” a more auspicious growth to these remarkable creatures. If still unwarranted, designation. There are now just over 1,000 of the mountain gorillas in the wild, up from an anticipated population of 680 a decade ago.
However, In the context of colliding inhabitants of wildlife around the world, this is an extraordinary conservation success,” said Tara Stoinski, President and chief scientist of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.
The Atlanta-based non-profit is named for the primate researcher whose work helped draw international attention to mountain gorillas and whose memoir became the basis for the 1988 Weaver film “Gorillas in the Mist. This is a beacon of hope — and it’s happened in recently war-torn and still very poor countries,” said Stoinski, a member of the IUCN’s.
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Mountain gorillas live in lush and misty forests along a range of dormant volcanoes in East Africa. Their habitat falls inside national parks spanning parts of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
And stories about Diani Fossey, who died in 1985, had projected that the primates may be extinct by 2000. Instead, their populations have been slowly increasing thanks to sustained and well-funded international conservation efforts that is Uganda Wildlife Authority, Rwanda Development Board, Virunga Conservation Programme, international gorilla conservation program & other conservation bodies.
These Conservation bodies have greatly contributed and made progress in terms of Mountain gorillas’ protection in terms of allowing an environment where mountain gorillas can continue to thrive and grow,” said Anna Behm Masozera, director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program, based in Kigali, Rwanda. “But it’s important to note that mountain gorillas’ numbers could still slip back very quickly. We still have just two fragile and small populations,” split between two national park areas. The three governments have stepped up enforcement of national park boundaries — areas where hunting, logging, and paved roads are illegal.
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Also, health care. Gorilla Doctors is a non-governmental group, has trained veterinary staff in each of the countries where the mountain gorillas live. Hunting in the national parks is illegal, but nearby residents still set snares to catch other animals, such as antelopes. Those snares can also grab gorillas’ arms and legs.
When gorillas are found struggling with snares, the vets are called in to clean wounds. Kirsten Gilardi, U.S. director for the organization, called it “extreme conservation.”
“It’s a total conservation win, and there aren’t that many of them,” said Gilardi.