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More mountain gorillas in Congo and Uganda: “save endangered species”

Despite the violent conflicts and the activities of poachers in the area, the number of mountain gorillas in Congo and Uganda has increased, reports nature organization WWF. The number of mountain gorillas has increased from 400 in 2011 to 459 this year.

In an even larger area on the border with Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, in the Virunga nature and animal park, another 604 mountain gorillas live. This yields a total of 1,063 animals. “It means that we can still save species even if they seemed threatened,” says Arnulf Köhncke of WWF Germany.

The mountain gorillas only live in these biotopes and they remain very threatened, partly due to the unstable political situation in the region.

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Poachers also hunt them because the researchers found no fewer than 88 traps during their investigation to catch the animals.

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🦍🇨🇩🇺🇬 🇷🇼Recent survey shows continued growth among the world’s last remaining population of mountain gorillas 🦍🇨🇩🇺🇬 🇷🇼 The Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration (GVTC) has published the results of its survey on the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) population of the Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem, one of the two remaining habitats where this endangered great ape still survives today. The survey documented 459 individuals, marking the highest ever recorded population in this area. Together with recent figures published from the Virunga Massif survey, which recorded 604 individuals, the global population of mountain gorillas now stands at 1,063. The Bwindi-Sarambwe ecosystem straddles the borders of Uganda and the DR Congo and together with the Virunga Massif, is home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. The GVTC survey also included research on other key mammals in the area, including the eastern common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and the African forest elephant (Loxodonta cyclotis), both of which are listed as endangered. Data collected indicates no decline in the populations of these animals since the last survey conducted in 2011. For more info, click the link in bio. #virunga #virunganationalpark #gvtc #greatervirunga #mountaingorilla #bwindi #sarambwe #conservation #collaboration #congo #uganda

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