Gorillas losing battle against loggers and hunters in Central Africa

March 25, 2010

Gorillas losing battle against loggers and hunters in Central Africa

Gorilla

The UN called for more help to protect gorillas

March 25, 2010

Gorillas losing battle against loggers and hunters in Central Africa

Gorilla

The UN called for more help to protect gorillas

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Gorillas in Central Africa are in danger from illegal logging, mining and from hunters killing great apes for meat, says a new report from the United Nations and Interpol.

In 2002 it was estimated that only 10 per cent of gorillas would remain by 2030.

“We fear now that the gorillas may become extinct from most parts of their range in perhaps 15 years,” said Christian Nellemann, of the UN Environmental Programme.

He called for more help to protect apes, and greater scrutiny of European and Asian companies that use subsidiaries to extract timber and minerals from central Africa.

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