Saving Gorillas in Central Africa

How We Can Help: Gorillas Deserve the Best

Joshua Kurland

There Are a Lot of Threats to Gorillas in Central Africa

There are a lot of threats to gorillas in Central Africa, and these threats are critically endangering gorillas' existence.

One reason is that war frightened gorillas just like what happened to Koboko, who was currently living in Virunga National Park and died. The gun firing and war noises made Koboko upset, and it likely led to the collapse of his immune system. Poachers are also not good. Since there are many poor people in Africa, families need food and one of the very few animals that are really easy to hunt are gorillas. This is why gorillas are critically, critically endangered. There are a lot of threats out there to gorillas so, be (MOVE THE COMMA BACK TO AFTER 'GORILLAS') a friend and help gorillas in Central Africa.

Gorillas are Getting Killed in Central Africa

Gorillas are getting killed in Central Africa and it will turn out very bad if we do not help.

Why do gorillas get killed in Central Africa? One example is, that hunters want to kill gorillas for food and trophies. The forest that gorillas live in are getting chopped down for things like, housing, materials, and maybe for fireplaces.

The people are taking over by building cities. The gorillas were stuck in a little compound in the middle of the city of Goma. A very heavily populated and polluted city. Hunters then had an advantage to hunt gorillas, which was very bad.

This is what it looked like before people started raising awareness of the gorillas.

Virunga - The Quest to Protect Africa's Oldest National Park

Virunga- The Quest to Protect Africa's Oldest National Park

Things People Do to Help Gorillas in Central Africa

One example is, in early 2009, Chief Warden de Merode and park rangers arrested a rebel leader and received Virunga. (WHAT DOES IT MEAN THAT THEY 'RECEIVED VIRUNGA'?) Soon park staff began to raise awareness of two orphan mountain gorillas that were in their care. The park staff put up an intense online campaign and in a matter of two months they raised $211,000.

They built a center for gorillas called the Senkwekwe Center. Another example is, in 1991, the International Gorilla Conservation Programme was founded. The people working there came to villages and they told the local people not to hurt the gorillas. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme reduced people’s needs for gorillas by putting up sanitation systems in poor villages.

I can go on forever on what people are now doing to help gorillas in Central Africa, and I believe these are great solutions to this problem.

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Virunga Mountains

Mountain gorillas at Virunga National Park, DRC

Mountain Gorillas at Virunga National Park

How to Stop the Horrendous Act of Poaching Gorillas in Central Africa

There are a lot of ways to help gorillas in Central Africa, but how do we do it?

One way we can help gorillas in Central Africa is the Senkwekwe Center. The Senkwekwe Center provides a safe environment to gorillas. It is also meant for hunters to not kill the gorillas and let the gorillas live happy lives. Gorilla doctors are also close by so if anything bad happens, they can immediately treat the gorillas. As a result, the gorilla population nearly increased by 20% in the early 2000s.

You see, there are a lot of ways to save gorillas in Central Africa, and these are the good results of helping gorillas in Central Africa!

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Male Gorilla

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Map of Gorilla Population

Map of Gorilla Population

This shows the gorilla population in Central Africa. As you can see, there are very few gorillas left in Africa or as I am telling you now: Central Africa. So if you help gorillas in some way, you can definitely add some more orange and yellow to this map!
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Help Signs

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Human Population And Cities in Gorilla Habitat

Human Population and Cities in Gorilla Habitat

The map I am showing you know are the cities that overlap the gorilla habitat. Cities like Goma are noisy and heavily populated, which is very bad for the gorillas. They need a quiet, green, environment that they can live in. I believe that people need to work more to protect gorillas.