700 endangered and threatened mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Authors: 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Document Type: 
Media
Citation: 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (2007, August 10). 700 endangered and threatened mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. [Online]. Available: http://www.thesop.org/index.php?id=6962 [2007, August 10].
Year Published: 
2007
Type Work: 
News Release
Availability: 
Online
Language: 
English
Country: 
Democratic Republic of Congo
Url: 
http://www.thesop.org/index.php?id=6962
Bushmeat Asian Type: 
Bushmeat
Keywords: 
Gorillas; Democratic Republic of Congo; endangered; Wildlife Without Borders; funding; conservation; projects; poaching; habitat
Abstract: 
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reiterated its strong support for the remaining 700 endangered and threatened mountain gorillas in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda. A large part of that support is in the form of grants awarded through the Service's Wildlife Without Borders Program, made possible by the Great Apes Conservation Fund. The fund was established by Congress to provide assistance for conserving species that face a variety of threats, from poaching to illegal trafficking, human conflict, habitat loss and disease. The funding also promotes education in international communities on the biology and plight of the gorillas. Confined to the transboundary area of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo known as the Albertine Rift, mountain gorillas are threatened by disease, poaching, loss of habitat due to expanding human populations and continued civil conflict. Four gorillas, three female and one male silverback...
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