The gorilla is critically endangered
880 Mountain Gorillas
Gorillas have a slow reproductive rate. When an adult is killed, it takes over a decade to replace the gorilla as a breeding individual.
Smugglers and poachers are active in national parks in spite of strict laws. In many areas, the exploitation of mineral resources is an additional disturbance. The increasing destruction of the gorillas’ habitat. Forests still are disturbed through timber harvest by logging companies and cleared to make way for cultivation. Roads, initially built to transport the timber, subsequently facilitate the settlement of the forest. In its turn, this leads to increased hunting to provide the workers with food and slash-and-burn cultivation. Bushmeat, including gorilla meat, is frequently transported into the cities with the timber transports.
Gorillas are vital in maintaining the diversity of Central Africa’s forests. They disperse tree species whose seeds are too big for most other animals to swallow. Without gorillas, the trees would be unable to reproduce and the forests would be irreversibly changed.
GORILLAS ARE SLAUGHTERED FOR BUSHMEAT & SUPERSTITIOUS CHARMS
300 Slaughtered Every Year
Thousands Stolen From The Wild
Gorillas are sought after as exotic pets or trophies and for their body parts, which are used in medicine and as magical charms. Gorilla’s hand are amputated to be sold as a superstitious charm. Hunters kill gorillas for wealthy western collectors.
Why Are They Killed ?
Gorillas are hunted for the bushmeat trade spreading the ebola virus. They are also slaughtered for their body parts to be sold as trophies to international collectors. The infants are kidnapped for sale to zoos, researchers, and as exotic pets.
Does Hunting Conserve Them ?
Gorillas have a slow reproduction rate only giving birth and raising one baby at at time. When you consider that they are being killed faster than they can procreate, they are vulnerable to population control and extinction.
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Bushmeat, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Disease, Habitat Loss
1940’s 450’000 – 2010’s 20’000
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