Heartwrenching news – gorillas vanishing as soldier food

Is there any limit to the damage we are doing to our fellow animals?

SCIENCE (NYT May 3 2016)

Gorillas in Danger of Extinction

The population of the world’s largest primate, the Grauer’s gorilla, has plummeted 77 percent over the last 20 years, with fewer than 3,800 remaining.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/science/earth/100000004359878/gorillas-in-danger-of-extinction.html

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The Last Silverback Mountain Gorillas

Published on Nov 20, 2012
We went to the Democratic Republic of Congo where 200 of the world’s last silverback mountain gorillas are in a desperate fight for their survival.

Grauer’s Gorillas May Soon Be Extinct, Conservationists Say
By RACHEL NUWERAPRIL 24, 2016

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Gorillas in Danger of Extinction
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Gorillas in Danger of Extinction
The population of the world’s largest primate, the Grauer’s gorilla, has plummeted 77 percent over the last 20 years, with fewer than 3,800 remaining. Publish Date April 25, 2016.

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The Grauer’s gorilla, the world’s largest primate, has been a source of continual worry for conservationists for more than two decades. Longstanding conflict in the deep jungles of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo left experts with no choice but to guess at how that gorilla subspecies may be faring.

Now, with tensions abating somewhat, researchers finally have an updated gorilla head count — one that confirms their fears. According to findings compiled by an international team of conservationists, Grauer’s gorilla populations have plummeted 77 percent over the last 20 years, with fewer than 3,800 of the animals remaining.

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How to be friends with gorillas

David Attenborough shows how, and gorillas comment.

Ape intelligence

Meanwhile, more clear evidence that apes follow plot lines well enough to anticipate them when they are shown a video of a researcher thumped by another in an ape costume and the video is repeated.

http://www.nytimes.com/video/science/100000003953242/not-quite-planet-of-the-apes.html

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