Posted on July 19, 2018
This summer there has been good news about the increase in the population of mountain gorillas worldwide. The conservation efforts that are being made in Virunga, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, are giving results, getting its population has increased to exceed a thousand copies.
The wild population of mountain gorillas is currently estimated at 1,004 individuals, adding that population of Virunga to that of the Bwindi National Park in Uganda. With these data, the mountain gorilla becomes the only great ape in the world whose populations are increasing.
It should be remembered that mountain gorillas survive in two isolated populations, among the Virunga volcanoes in the borders of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda; and the Impenetrable National Park of Bwindi, in Uganda.
Since 1991, the conservation of mountain gorillas has been led by the Gorilla Conservation International Program, a coalition involving WWF and Fauna and Flora International.
However, the study warns that there are still direct threats to them. In fact, gorillas are still killed to trade illegally with their flesh. Its habitat is also very threatened by certain logging companies that indiscriminately cut down the trees they need to survive, along with other companies engaged in the extraction of fossil fuels.
There are also new imminent dangers, such as climate change, the development of infrastructures or the risk of contagious diseases, such as Ebola, which could devastate their populations.
On the other hand, conflicts and civil unrest in the region are also a problem, as they have consequences both for the population and for wildlife.
To fight against these threats, WWF has an active stoptraficoespecies.es campaign, which already has more than 50,000 signatures of support to combat the trafficking of species that are in danger of extinction. This crime is comparable in business volume to drug and arms trafficking.