The Unfortunate Plight of the Gorilla

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The Unfortunate Plight of the Gorilla by Luke Finney English 103: Writing the Research Paper Jeremy Evans, M.A.T. 8 March 2012 Gorillas are one of the world’s most majestic creatures and with genetics almost identical to those of human beings, one of our species’ closest relatives. There are four subspecies of the gorilla; the Eastern Lowland Gorilla, the Western Lowland Gorilla, the Cross River Gorilla, and the Mountain gorilla. All four subspecies are endangered, with the Mountain and Cross River gorilla in serious danger of extinction in the not too distant future. The western lowland gorilla, which is the least endangered of the subspecies with around 150,000 to 200,000 still alive, is also the most widespread of all gorillas. They reside in southern Cameroon, the southwest corner of the Central African Republic (CAR), west Congo (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and south of the Cabinda enclave of Angola (north of the Zaire River). The Eastern Lowland Gorilla, found in part of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Uganda and Rwanda are the second least endangered of the gorilla subspecies’ with less than 5,000 still alive. To help illustrate the gorillas’ natural habitat, a map is shown below: The Mountain gorilla, found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and the mountainous region referred to as the Virungas, which includes Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) and Virunga National Park (Democratic Republic of Congo), is the second most endangered subspecies with fewer than 800 still alive. With less than 300 still alive, the Cross River Gorilla is the most endangered subspecies, even classified as critically endangered and one of the 25 most endangered primates by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature). These beautiful animals are in serious danger, and

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