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’.
1900 – 50,000 exist
1995 – 18,000
2007 – as few as 5,000?
Eastern gorilla - Endangered
Western gorilla - Critically Endangered
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.