The Mountain Gorilla, Gorilla beringei beringei, is the primate comeback kid.
I previously shared news with you that their population has been making a rebound. Since then, The Times has published a news article on this topic. (Thanks, Paulin!) Before we get into it, I wanted to say that I haven’t noticed any US news sources report on this, which is disheartening. But anyways, I won’t let that get me down. It’s not often good news like this comes around. Suffice to say, I’m pretty ecstatic to tell you that mountain gorilla populations have,
“been boosted by 12 per cent over the last decade in Uganda…
Mountain gorillas, Gorilla beringei beringei, are one of the most threatened animals in the world, with only 720 left in the wild after years of decline in the face of hunting by humans and habitat loss.
In Bwindi, in southwest Uganda, where they live in a national park, genetic analysis of stools revealed that the population had risen by 40 to 340 in ten years.”
The article goes on to write how this has broke down to be an average increase of 1%, which is a steady increase indicating a healthy, thriving, and well-protected population. But that doesn’t mean the conservation effort for these primates is all done and good now. A population of under 1,000 individuals is still critically endangered.
A lot can still be done to improve their comeback into a full blown population rebound. One thing that comes to mind is to control your cell phone purchases. I know it sounds unrelated, but cell phone manufacturing has a tie-in with gorilla habitats. Another factor to keep in mind goes out to you eco-tourists. Don’t visit the gorillas if you are sick. They are capable of getting our infectious agents, and actually are even more susceptible, because they do not have the acquired immune resistance we do.