Mountain Gorillas on the Rise

December 5, 2012

The thick-coated mountain gorilla only inhabits two places on Earth: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Volcanoes in the African nations of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Fewer than one thousand mountain gorillas remain on the planet, with half residing in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. WCS has worked to understand and protect these great apes since the 1950s, when field biologist Dr. George Schaller completed the first ecological study of this primate.

At last count, 302 of these animals roamed Uganda’s cloud forests, but a new census reveals that their numbers have surged since the 2006 report, with at least 400 mountain gorillas now populating Bwindi. WCS is one of several organizations that supported the recent assessment, which brings the world population of mountain gorillas to an estimated 880.

Continue reading about the recent census in our press release>>

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