Mountain Gorilla One Step Away From ExtinctionKeith
With only 5000 Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei) being left on the planet, this species now faces the risk of entirely disappearing.
Four out of six of the planets great apes are now severely endangered, and only one step away from being extinct, this includes the Eastern Gorilla, Western Gorilla, Bornean Orangutan and Sumatran Orangutan.
Chimps and bonobos are also listed as endangered.
War, hunting and land loss to refugees in the past 20 years have led to a devastating population decrease of more than 70 percent for the Eastern gorilla.
One of the two subspecies of Eastern gorilla, known as Grauer’s gorilla (G. b. graueri), has drastically declined since the mid 90s when there were 16,900 individuals, now reduced to only 3,800 in 2015.
Some peoples hunt gorillas for meat, whilst human activities like mining and charcoal production and people settlement also infringe on the gorillas’ habitat.
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