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A report from the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveals an increase in mountain gorilla population, moving the species’ status from “critically endangered” to “endangered.” ___ A member of the IUCN’s primate specialist group, Tara Stoinski, said in a statement: - “In the context of crashing populations of wildlife around the world, this is a remarkable conservation success.” ___ A decade ago, experts estimated the mountain gorilla population was 680, but it has now reached over 1,000. Mountain gorillas live in forests neighboring dormant volcanoes in east Africa. ___ The growth in the mountain gorilla population is attributed to an increase in enforcement of national park boundaries surrounding the primates’ habitats. Tourism has also helped, as visitors pay to watch the gorillas, providing funding for park rangers. ___ Photo: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund | via AP: WORLD NEWS GORILLA POPULATION Nov 14 | A report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature reveals an increase in the population of mountain gorillas, a species that has long faced extinction. A report from the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveals an increase in mountain gorilla population, moving the species’ status from “critically endangered” to “endangered.” ___ A member of the IUCN’s primate specialist group, Tara Stoinski, said in a statement: - “In the context of crashing populations of wildlife around the world, this is a remarkable conservation success.” ___ A decade ago, experts estimated the mountain gorilla population was 680, but it has now reached over 1,000. Mountain gorillas live in forests neighboring dormant volcanoes in east Africa. ___ The growth in the mountain gorilla population is attributed to an increase in enforcement of national park boundaries surrounding the primates’ habitats. Tourism has also helped, as visitors pay to watch the gorillas, providing funding for park rangers. ___ Photo: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund | via AP

A report from the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) reveals an increase in mountain gorilla populat...

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