Eastern Gorillas are highly endangered in
fact all species of gorillas are endangered of critically
endangered. All gorillas are threatened by factors such as habitat
loss and degradation, invasive diseases, harvesting, and human
persecution out of fear.
Eastern Lowland Gorillas are specifically
threatened by poaching because they are used as food, called
bushmeat, and pets. Sometimes their body parts are even used for
medicine and magical charms. Another threat is the loss of their
habitat due to farming and mining.
Mountain Gorillas are also endangered due to
poaching for their body parts which are sold to collectors and are
sometimes killed in traps and snares intended for another animals.
Their habitat is rapidly being destroyed as well as there is over
10,000 people living in the areas where they’re found. Another
massive threat to Mountain Gorillas is the constant civil war that
was occurring around them and now it is technically over but there
is still heavy civil unrest in their area and they are still killed
due to conflicts.
There is a massive effort to save Eastern
Gorillas as there are zoological parks and nongovernmental
organizations that are constantly making strides towards finding
ways to help these incredible creatures. If you want to find ways
that you can get involved and help out there will be some links to
some great websites in my reference section.
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