World's Largest Living Eastern Gorilla Comes Closer To Extinction

Posted: Sep 10 2016, 11:52am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


World's Largest Living Eastern Gorilla Comes Closer to Extinction
  • World's Largest Living Gorillas Come Closer to Extinction

It so happens to be the case that the Eastern Gorilla along with other primates is on the critically endangered species list.

The Eastern Gorilla is facing tough times ahead. This beast is the largest living primate. It along with four out of six species of apes has entered the endangered species list.

The Eastern Gorilla is going extinct, according to a report from IUCN. The two left behind are also slowly decreasing in numbers. This is a sad fact when you come to think of it. 

Also the Plains Zebra and several species of plants are getting scarcer than usual. The Eastern Gorilla has two subspecies. It has shown a fall in its population levels by up to 70% in the past 20 years.

Less than 5000 are left in the world today. Another subspecies of this gorilla has lost a whopping 77% of its population strength. While hunting these species is illegal, poachers still carry on their trade without any hindrance.

They do this stealthily. The Mountain Gorilla which is another subspecies has fared better. It has increased by 880 apes.  

The Eastern Gorilla, the Western Gorilla as well as the Bornean and Sumatran Orangutan are now on the Critically Endangered list. Environmentalists are finding these trends very disturbing indeed.

The conservationist agencies are showing a lack of seriousness on this matter. More stringent laws and rules and regulations will have to be formulated to offset this trend towards extinction of these species.

Besides the Plains Zebra, three species of antelopes are also fast disappearing from the surface of the savannahs. Besides illegal hunting, the loss of niche environments has caused this death rate which is threatening to wipe out these species. 

Also there is the problem of invasive animals. Pigs, goats, rats and slugs are creating hindrances in the paths of the native flora and fauna of Hawaii. Shrubs and flowering trees are going the way of the dinosaurs.

However not all is lost. There are a few species which are making a quick comeback from the critically endangered list. These include the Giant Panda and Tibetan Antelope. Then there are rats and wallabies that are facing a hard time due to inroads into their habitats that have been made by man.

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