December 8, 2010 Leave a comment
I recieved this newsletter from the African Wildlife Foundation last night, it’s really great news for the Mountain gorillas – for a change, so I thought I would share it with you all.
Plus it gives me the chance to show you some of my gorilla paintings / prints 🙂
Mountain Gorilla Census Reveals Increase in Population
AWF With the International Gorilla Conservation Programme Celebrates Conservation Win
AWF with our friends and supporters has been eagerly awaiting the results of the latest census of mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif – and now the numbers are in!
The analysis, conducted in March and April 2010, indicates that there are a total of 480 mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in 36 groups along with 14 solitary silverback males in the Virunga Massif, which includes three contiguous national parks: Parc National des Virunga in DRC, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. The only other location where mountain gorillas exist is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Along with the 302 mountain gorillas censused in Bwindi in 2006 and four orphaned mountain gorillas in a sanctuary in DRC, this brings the total world population to 786 individuals.
The last census undertaken in the Virunga Massif was in 2003, when the population was estimated at 380 individuals. The current figure represents a 26.3% increase in the population of mountain gorillas in this area over the last seven years, which is a 3.7% annual growth rate. This increase in the population occurred despite the killing of no less than nine mountain gorillas, in four separate incidents, during this time period.
Of the 480 mountain gorillas censused, 352 (73%) were habituated (349 in groups and three solitary males) and 128 were unhabituated (117 in groups and 11 solitary males).
“This population has made an absolutely remarkable recovery from the approximately 250 individuals that existed only three decades ago.
This recovery is due to the relentless collaborative efforts of many organizations and institutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda,” stated Dr. Augustin Basabose, Coordinator of Species at the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), a coalition of African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Fauna & Flora International, and the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Read the full release on awf.org
This print is of a Western lowland Gorilla – but I’m going to put it in anyways 🙂