06 August, 2008

The Good News on the Western lowland gorillas

The Wildlife Conservation Society, announced on Tuesday that they have discovered 125,000 of the reclusive, and shy Western lowland gorillas living deep in the jungles of the Republic of Congo. The newly discovered gorilla population, now doubles the number of the gorillas previously estimated. This is great news for Africa and all those who care for and love our Planet.

All gorillas, like many primates, are on the endangered list. The lowland gorillas are found in tropical forests and swamps in Angola, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Their numbers have been drastically reduced in the last few years, mainly due to their being hunted for meat. In some parts of Africa, gorilla meat is more expensive than any other meat.

We celebrate this new discovery. At the same time, if the newly found gorillas have to survive and thrive - they need to be better protected. And those who eat gorilla meat, should be educated on the importance of preserving the animals; and they be given other alternatives to feed themselves, as it's hunger sometimes - especially with the present soaring food prices, that drive people to hunt for wildlife; even such as those closely related to us Mankind, as gorillas. Otherwise, the revelation of this new discovery - might only endanger the animals' survival; those seeking profit, now know where they can easily find gorilla meat in abundance.

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