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Posted by Victor Crew on

Mountain Gorillas Making a Comeback

Wildlife organizations including the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park of Uganada and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Sarambwe Nature Reserve report that the mountain gorilla population in their forests has grown to 459. The confirmed global number of mountain gorillas can now be reported as 1063. This good news demonstrates that the conservation efforts to protect these great apes have been working. Their prospects are improving. The International Union for Conservation of Nature has changed their status from critical to just endangered.

It was not all good news unfortunately.

Illegal activity in the Bwindi-Sarambwe forest have not declined as the gorilla population increased. Even though there has been a serious effort put towards official enforcement and community efforts to stop illegal activity. Anti-poaching teams destroyed only 88 traps during the 2018 survey which was the same number as the last survey in 2011. Experts agree this ecosystem is still in danger of being destroyed by human activity.

Overall these organizations see the news as good, they do however caution that mountain gorillas remain threatened by extinction by human activity whether that is poaching, climate change or a lack of conservation effort.

 

Posted by Jody Victor's Crew on

Check out Rabat, Morocco

Jody is continuing his series on the top destinations for 2013:

What makes Rabat, Morocco a top place to visit in 2013 is that it was recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site (July 2012). It is located on the northwest coast of Morocco on the Atlantic Ocean. The new part of the town was built under the French Protectorate from 1912 to 1930s.

Their latest promotion for tourism has the line: “The Country that Travels Within You.”

Visit Morocco