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Population of Total Number of Mountain Gorillas Rises Above 1,000

The rise in mountain gorilla numbers is a success for intensive conservation work in a troubled region. Photograph: Brent Stirton/WWF

The rise in mountain gorilla numbers is a success for intensive conservation work in a troubled region. Photograph: Brent Stirton/WWF

Positive news on the conservation front, where the number of mountain gorillas is over a 1,000 individuals. The survey found the Virunga population has risen to 604 among in 41 social groups… Compared to the 480 individuals counted in the last survey in 2010. The only other place mountain gorillas survive is in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable national park, where the last census in 2012 recorded more than 400 animals. This total number is a 25% rise in since 2010. This is a success for intensive conservation work in a troubled region, where 6 Virguna park guards were murdered in their efforts to save these and other endangered animals.

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