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July 25, 2020 - Independent Online

Mountain gorillas face extinction due to threats of both coronavirus and poaching

Mountain gorillas face extinction due to threats of both coronavirus and poaching
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There are only around a thousand mountain gorillas left on Earth. More than half live in Uganda, where decades of intensive conservation action had given rise to hope for their future.

However experts warn that an increase in poaching levels due to Covid-19 could have ‘catastrophic’ implications, risking the extinction of this sub species of great ape.

Craig Sholley, a conservationist renowned for his work with gorillas and vice president of the African Wildlife Foundation, told The Independent; “anti-poaching activities throughout Africa have been diminished due to the loss of important tourism revenue.”

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