Virunga Mountain Gorillas
Why They're Endangered
Virunga mountain gorillas are one the verge of becoming extinct for many reasons.
One reason is there’s a civil war going on. This gives the gorillas a bad chance of being accidentally shot. In addition the forests are being cut down. Since the gorillas live in these forests they're losing habitat and the gorillas have no place to live. The third reason is gorillas are killed for food and bushmeat trade. The last reason gorillas and going extinct is gorillas can catch human illnesses because of how close we are to them. Those are the some of the ways the gorillas are going extinct. But don’t worry, there are ways you can help.
What Will Happen If Gorillas Go Extinct
The Virunga Gorillas are very important to the mountain ecosystem and to the ecotourism.
The Gorillas are very important to the ecosystem. If the gorillas go extinct the plants they eat will over grow. Plus their predators, like the leopards, will under populate. The gorillas are also important to the ecotourism. If the gorillas stay alive, then the community will make more money. How you ask? Tourists! Over a lifetime gorillas makes 2.5 million dollars by having people pay to observe them in their natural habitat. This money is then given back to the community. So, the gorillas are actually really important to everyone.
Many organizations are trying to help the Virunga gorillas.
One way the gorillas are being helped is a caring center, “The Senkwekwe Center.” The center is for gorilla orphans that have most likely seen their family members killed before their eyes. There is also the International Gorilla Conservation the conservation does many things to help the gorillas. They teach people how to use their resources correctly so they don't hurt the gorillas homes. They are also putting in a better sanitation system so humans are less likely to pass illnesses to the gorillas.
Dian Fossey was a zoologist who studied the mountain gorillas for 18 years. She was murdered on December 27 1985. Though the reason for this devastating murder hasn't been found. It is very likely that someone didn't want her to continue helping the gorillas therefore murdered her.
What You Can Do
Where Its Happening
Cubs are baby gorillas. They don't do much. Just stay with their mothers. The gorillas that do the most are Silverbacks.
Silverbacks are the leaders of the group. They make most decisions, like where they live, eat, what they eat. The Silverbacks are most aggressive of the gorilla pack. If the dwelling is ever in danger, they will charge and beat their chest at the threat.
This is another adult gorilla. It just follows the Silverbacks decisions. The Black Back does have children they then take care of.