Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Conservation Status

Born Free takes action in Cameroon and Democratic Republic of Congo to protect the Western and Eastern gorilla.  The IUCN¹ Red List, which lists all rare species of animals, classes the Eastern Lowland gorilla as ‘endangered’.  This means the species ‘faces a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future’.

¹International Union for Conservation of Nature

Population decline (Eastern Lowland gorilla)

1900 – 50,000 exist

1995 – 18,000

2007 – as few as 5,000?

IUCN Red List status

Eastern gorilla - Endangered

Western gorilla - Critically Endangered


Appendix I


Coltan Boom, Gorilla Bust

The Impact of Coltan Mining on Gorillas and other Wildlife in Eastern DR Congo

A report by Ian Redmond - Wildlife consultant and chairman of the Ape Alliance commissioned by the Born Free Foundation and the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Europe.

Files available for download


The Coltan Report

345 K


Map showing the prefectures of Gitamara and Kigali (page 7a)

76 K

Annex B

209 K

Annex C

65 K

Annex D

48 K

Annex G

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Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
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