Gorillas Voted #1

Gorillas Voted Every other year at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan they conduct a vote among the public for the most popular animals at the zoo. This year for the first time in 46 years the gorillas were voted number one. Koalas were number two with elephants taking the third spot. Visitors cast 19,316 ballots from Oct. 6 to Nov. 4. Gorillas secured 2,376 votes, with Koalas gaining 2,039 votes and elephants 1,873. Visitors were able to select up to three species on each voting slip which they were able to submit upon entrance to the zoo. In the beginning, the contest was held every two to four years. But in 1986 it was changed to once every two years, with the top 10 animals announced to the public. The koalas and elephants have been consistently the winners of this popularity contest over the years. Interestingly enough,…

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Mountain Gorilla Status Downgraded

The mountain gorilla had been included on an endangered “Red List” published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, or IUCN. They were listed as “critically endangered.” This organization maintains a rating system that determines the threat posed to individual species, where categories range from Least Concern (LC) to Extinct (EX). On November 14, 2018, the IUCN downgraded their status to “endangered.” According to results just released by the IUCN, the mountain gorilla population living in the Virunga mountains has grown— from 480 total individuals in 2010 to 604 as of June 2016! Combined with a separate mountain gorilla population living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, this brings the number of mountain gorillas to more than 1,000 individuals. This small step is due partially to intense conservation efforts and certainly a cause for celebration.

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Republic of Congo New National Park

The Republic of Congo has just created its fifth ever national park – the Ogooué-Leketi National Park, which is expected to help dozens struggling wildlife species including gorillas and chimpanzees. The forest sector of the new park is also home to several other species, such as the African forest elephant, forest buffalo , red river hog, and several species of monkey including the mandrill.The communities living near the Ogooué-Leketi National Park have been involved in the process of creating the protected area since the project was launched, through an approach that ensured best practices of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent.This is an incredible accomplishment for wildlife conservation in the Congo and around the world as the new Ogooué-Leketi National Park which borders with Gabon’s Batéké Plateau National Park, will collectively offer more than 1,359,080 acres of protected river valleys, forests, and rolling savannahs.

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