Gorillas Endangered - Gorilla Facts and Information
Mountain Gorilla: an Endangered Species
Between 1990 and 1994, large numbers of Rwandan refugees fled to camps at the edge of the Virunga National Park, leading to uncontrolled firewood harvesting as well as increased poaching (see below).
In 2004, 1,500 hectares of prime mountain gorilla habitat were cleared by illegal settlers in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to evidence uncovered by the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature, one of WWF's partners.
MOUNTAIN GORILLA AN ENDANGERED SPECIES
Some primatologists believe the Bwindi gorillas may be a separate subspecies.
In the 100 years since its discovery, the mountain gorilla has endured uncontrolled hunting, war, disease, destruction of its forest habitat, and capture for the illegal pet trade.
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In 2002, WWF provided additional funding to increase the number, duration, and coverage of anti-poaching patrols in Volcanoes National Park, leading to the arrest of poachers and a drastic reduction in poachingThe 14% in the Virunga population over the last 12 years is thanks largely to this collaborative effort.
WWF is also active in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda, the only other habitat harboring mountain gorillas.