Sunday, October 3, 2010
Status: Critically Endangered
Unknown to science before the end of the 19th Century, the Gorilla is now the rarest ape on the planet. In Central Africa, civil war and poaching all but wiped out the Mountain Gorilla, which has not been seen in the wild since 1984, though over 400 still exist in captivity. In West Africa, the population hovers around 2000, in enclaves in Biafra. However, the bushmeat trade and logging threatens their remaining habitat. World Powers have their own captive breeding programs in order to ensure the gorilla’s survival. Some proposals have been introduced to relocate the surviving gorillas to a more stable country, possibly even to another continent.