Mountain Gorillas

Marissa Washington; Period:3

Endangered Species

An endangered species by definition is a species of animal or plant that is seriously at risk of extinction.

Mountain Gorilla Facts

Mountain Gorillas are found in Virunga Mountains, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, and in the Biwindi Impenetrable National Park. There are only 880 individuals in this species. The Mountain Gorilla is a critically endangered species in 2016.
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Due to human activity such as poaching, civil wars, disease, and habitat destruction, the mountain gorilla has become the most endangered type of gorilla.
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The impact of mountain Gorillas going extinct on ecosystems is that, they play an important role in the tropical forests. They help scatter seeds throughout the forests in order to help them grow and "refill". Humans who live near the forests rely on the regrowth to help their environments. Without the mountain gorillas then, the tropical forests will not be able to replenish and humans will not be able to depend on the forest for their resources.


Solutions to the problem of mountain gorillas going extinct is that we can stay away from the mountain gorillas which will reduce their risk of getting any diseases, donate to conservation organizations who work to protect the mountain gorillas, and get more people to notice the mountain gorillas current situation.
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Challenges that the solutions may face is, with staying away from the mountain gorillas, the mountain gorillas do not know the rules and they might approach the humans, another challenge is that, while donating money people are sometimes worried about if their money is actually going to the right place so it can sometimes stop them.

Mountain Gorilla Video

The Mountain Gorillas are only allowed to be viewed for one hour in order to not be stressed. The mountain gorillas diets include, leaves, wild celery, and bamboo shoots. Gorillas and humans share 97% of the same genes. The mountain gorillas are the biggest of the apes. Animals and tourists are supposed to stay at least 20 feet apart.