Despite the violent conflicts and the activities of poachers in the area, the number of mountain gorillas in Congo and Uganda has increased, reports nature organization WWF. The number of mountain gorillas has increased from 400 in 2011 to 459 this year.
In an even larger area on the border with Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo, in the Virunga nature and animal park, another 604 mountain gorillas live. This yields a total of 1,063 animals. “It means that we can still save species even if they seemed threatened,” says Arnulf Köhncke of WWF Germany.
The mountain gorillas only live in these biotopes and they remain very threatened, partly due to the unstable political situation in the region.
Poachers also hunt them because the researchers found no fewer than 88 traps during their investigation to catch the animals.