GORILLAS ARE SLAUGHTERED FOR BUSHMEAT & SUPERSTITIOUS CHARMS
300 SLAUGHTERED EVERY YEAR
THOUSANDS STOLEN FROM THE WILD
AS THE LARGEST PRIMATE, GORILLAS EXHIBIT INDIVIDUAL PERSONALITIES AND DISPLAY HUMAN-LIKE EMOTION SUCH AS LAUGHTER AND GRIEF.
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 have a slow reproductive rate. When an adult is killed, it takes over a decade to replace the gorillas as a breeding individual.
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 in raid for wealthy western collectors.
THE EXTINCTION OF THE GORILLA
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.
LEADING IMPORTER OF GORILLA TROPHIES
United States of America
Bushmeat, Illegal Wildlife Trade, Disease, Habitat Loss