Gorilla Rebound

The population of Africa’s critically endangered mountain gorillas has soared by a quarter since 2010, with wildlife authorities estimating the number now to be over 1,000 individual primates.

The population boom came despite the threat of poaching and armed groups vying for control on the chain of volcanic mountains that are home to the gorillas in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The population increase came after the introduction of park guards, veterinary care, community support projects and regulated tourism around the gorillas’ habitats.


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