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.