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Endangered Mountain Gorilla Population Is On The Rise Despite Challenges

By Brian Spaen

The mountain gorilla remains a critically endangered species, but we’ve seen the population finally reach above 1,000. That number is based on a census in the few major habitats that contain mountain gorillas. It’s an increase that shows the success in conservation efforts, though further action is needed to keep them safe.

As you’d expect, mountain gorillas get their name from living in forests located on top of mountains with an elevation between 8,000 to 13,000 feet in the air. They’ve been pushing further up the mountain to get away from human establishments, and their fur keeps them from freezing in the cold climate.

Discovered back in 1902, the mountain gorilla population has been threatened with habitat destruction, hunting, and disease. The majority of them are found in the Virunga Mountains, located along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. The rest of them are found at the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park inside of Uganda.