All Gorillas In The Wild Are Now At High Risk Of Extinction

Fewer than 3,800 Grauer’s gorillas remain in the wild. That’s a 77 percent decline in population numbers of the largest gorilla subspecies group in 20 years, according to a new report released this week. Researchers from the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fauna & Flora International note in the study that the rapid fall in population numbers should place the Grauer’s subspecies on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s “critically endangered” list. If that happens, all four gorilla subspecies would be on the critical list, categorized as facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. The sharp drop in population can be directly attributed to