A recent census shows that more than 125,000 gorillas--more than twice the estimated population--are alive and well in the Congo
By Megan MillerPosted 08.06.2008 at 4:12 pm 0 Comments
Two decades ago, "saving the gorillas" became a cause celebre when researchers announced that western lowland gorilla populations in the Congo had dwindled to critically endangered numbers. Our primate relatives were threatened by a widespread outbreak of the Ebola virus, as well as poachers who hunted the animals for bushmeat.
Estimates at the time of the 1980 gorilla census were in the range of 100,000 individuals, but since then experts believed that the number had dropped to less than 50,000.