Drastic Decline of Grauer’s Gorillas in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo – Gorilla Doctors Gorilla Doctors
The Gorillas are vanishing from planet Earth. The numbers are falling very drastically and what are WE going to do about it?
It is estimated that there has been a 77-93% decline in Grauer’s gorilla populations over the last 20 years; there are now an estimated 3,800 individuals left in the world.Causes for the devastating decline are many: losses of forest habitat, bushmeat hunting, illegal wildlife trade, and mining have all contributed. As well, the Grauer’s gorilla’s whole range has been embroiled in civil war and unrest over the last 20 years, driving desperate people and communities to move into the gorillas’ forest homes.Grauer’s gorillas are now believed to be surviving in just four populations, including one centered in Kahuzi-Biega National Park, where a portion of the population is habituated to the presence of people to facilitate tourism, and where Gorilla Doctors provides life-saving veterinary care to endangered Grauer’s gorillas.