Mountain Gorillas reclassified to Endangered

It’s a fragile win that required decades of on-the-ground protection by hundreds of dedicated humans, many of whom lost their lives to help the gorillas.

In 1978, Dian Fossey rightly thought that the mountain gorillas — with only 240 in existence! — would be extinct by the year 2000. Thankfully, as you know, they aren’t. Due to the intensive protection efforts that Fossey started, mountain gorillas are now up to just over 1000 in existence.

This is still an incredibly small number of individuals… but enough to warrant their reclassification from “critically endangered” to “endangered.” It’s a fragile win that required decades of on-the-ground protection by hundreds of dedicated humans, many of whom lost their lives to help the gorillas.

Read more on The Fossey Fund’s site…