Last week the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) officially listed the eastern gorilla as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. New research published by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fauna and Flora International found that since 1994, the eastern lowland gorilla has lost 77 percent of its population.

With four of the world’s six species of great apes now critically endangered, one might hope that this revelation generates the kind of cognizance that precipitates massive change by encouraging others to thoroughly examine how they might be able to make a difference….

Of course, like with any news, events like this only make headlines until the next big thing comes along. 

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  1. Great post. Until people start to understand that we can’t simply carry on plundering the Earth things will not change enough to make a difference. In my recent post about the IUCN World Conservation Congress & the Red List I felt that the plight of the great apes and the Congress in general received almost zero publicity, while the Olympics and Paralympics are headline news everyday. Says a lot about people’s values and priorities. Everyone needs to start making the connection!


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