The Wildlife Conservation Society is saving gorillas. But are they — and we — in time?
Western lowland gorillas dwell in the rainforests of equatorial Africa. In 2007, WCS made an amazing discovery of 125,000 western lowland gorillas living in northern Republic of Congo. These new populations, far larger than previously thought, provide new hope for the future of the species. However, western lowland gorillas remain critically endangered and their numbers continue to decline because of poaching, habitat destruction, and disease.
Mountain gorillas stand out from the three other gorilla subspecies because of their thick coats, which insulates them from the cold of their cloud forest homes. There are only two places on Earth where mountain gorillas exist: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Virunga Volcanoes in the equatorial African nations of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. WCS and its partners have censused the total population of this endangered subspecies of ape and found about 700 individuals.