Program Helps Congo Families Protect Endangered Gorillas

The number of Grauer’s gorillas has declined, largely due to habitat loss and hunting.

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This photo provided by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund shows a Silverback and infant Grauer’s gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo on April 17, 2014. On Friday, April 22, 2022, the nonprofit fund announced that more land in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where Grauer's gorillas live will fall under a community-protection initiative. (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund via AP)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Decades of conservation efforts have stabilized the population of endangered mountain gorillas in eastern Africa. But the number of Grauer’s gorillas — a less furry, lower elevation-dwelling animal — has declined, largely due to habitat loss and hunting. On Friday, the nonprofit Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund announced that more land in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo where Grauer’s gorillas live will fall under a community-protection initiative. The critically endangered species has lost…

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