After a successful conservation campaign to reverse the extinction Mountain Gorillas, their numbers have finally gone up.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced that mountain gorillas are no longer considered critically endangered animals.
This followed a recent census which showed that the number of Gorillas in the wild has exceeded 1,000.
According to Dr Liz Williamson the IUCN Primates Special Group Specialist, the animals have now moved from being “critically endangered” to “endangered.”
She noted nonetheless that conservation programs still need to continue to ensure that they survive.
“Limiting numbers of tourists and preventing any close contact with humans were critical to ensuring their increase; we encourage these practices to continue that way,” she said.
Due to activities like poaching, the number of Mountain Gorillas had gone down to 680.
1000 is the highest number of the Mountain Gorillas ever recorded.
Conservation efforts like having vets help the animals, remove snares, running anti-poaching patrols and sensitizing communities about the Gorillas are said to have played a great part in protecting the animals
Mountain gorillas are found in three countries that is Uganda, Rwanda and Congo; in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National park, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo.
This is the first time since 1994 for the Mountain Gorillas to move off the list of animals that are critically endangered.