GOOD NEWS: Endangered Mountain Gorilla Population Back Over 1,000

Mountain gorillas were one of the world’s most endangered species once, but now their population has grown to over 1,000, according to wildlife authorities. Theses gorillas live in the volcanic mountains of Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda, but they’re under constant threat from poachers and losing their habitats to farmers, so there were only 786 of this critically endangered eastern gorilla sub-species at the last survey in 2010.

That means the population is up 25% since 2010 and that’s something to celebrate. “These numbers are truly remarkable, far exceeding our expectations, and are the result of a collaborative, three-country effort with governments and partners all playing an important role,” Mike Cranfield, of charity Gorilla Doctors, says in a statement.

Source: Reuters