Among the threatened species is the world’s largest ape, four of the six species of great apes are in danger of extermination.
Of this group, the most worrying situation is that of the Eastern gorilla, the largest primate in the world.
This information comes from the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. ‘’Seeing that the Eastern gorilla, one of our closest is headed for extinction is really very painful,” said IUCN Director Inger Andersen.
“We live in a time of enormous transformation and every update of the Red List shows how fast the global crisis of species destruction is,” he adds.
The update of the list was exposed during the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, the result of monitoring of species plants and animals which are at risk of elimination.
Among the four species of great apes about to disappear is the Eastern gorilla, whose population has suffered a decline of 70% in the last 20 years.
Its sub-species, called the Eastern Plateau gorilla is the worst case, with a population decline of 77% since 1994 to 2015.
In addition, Western gorillas; Borneo and Sumatran Orangutan are other kinds of apes yet to vanish not excluding the Chimpanzee and the Bonobo all lying in the “Endangered” category.
We have a window still to save them, but it is not very big and should be opened before climate change and diseases aggravate the situation of this species, so close to man.
Other threatened species include the Plain Zebra, whose population declined by 24% in the last 14 years due to illegal hunting(for meat and skins) as mentioned by the red list.
Still, are species of African antelopes; the Bay, White-bellied antelope and Yellow-backed that are faced with poaching and loss of habitats which is leading to their extermination.
The latest temperature measures show that “conservation measures work,” said IUCN Director and its proof has been the recovery programs of the giant panda, and Iberian lynx.
(Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris)