Gorillas in Congo

Congo gorillas doing well April 2011: In spite of the blight of war, the Democratic Republic of Congo is still home to the Grauer gorillas – which increadibly is on the rise according to the latest census by the Wildlife Conservation Society. In Kahuzi-Biega National Park there were 181 individual Grauer’s gorillas, up from 168 individuals detected in the same sector in 2004.

Gorillas in Congo: blog from the Virunga Gorilla Park – Good read from the field

African gorillas are under threat from oil survey┬áControversial aerial surveys aimed at finding oil underVirunga┬áhave been started by a British company amid fears that drilling in the area could seriously threaten the world’s last sanctuary for mountain gorillas. The moves towards possible oil exploration in Virunga national park

Congo Gorilla Killings Fueled by Illegal Charcoal Trade

The dense forest is rapidly being depleted of its trees to satisfy the almost insatiable demand here for charcoal, which is used for cooking and heating by the millions of people living in this troubled region.

The lucrative charcoal trade is not only wreaking havoc on the park but also on its most famous inhabitants, the rare mountain gorillas.

More than 100000 rare gorillas found in Congo

An estimated 125,000 Western lowland gorillas are living in a swamp in equatorial Africa, researchers reported Tuesday, double the number of the endangered primates thought to survive worldwide.

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