It is believed that since the 1980s the gorilla population in the Republic of Congo has halved. Recent finds of previously undiscovered numbers of these animals are encouraging, although the animal remains critically endangered as a gorilla sub-species. The total number of mountain gorillas in the wild is now believed to be just 780. The IGCP (International Gorilla Conservation Programme) co-founded by the WWF in 1991 has led to a slow, slight gradual population growth in the first ten years, but the work to protect them is never-ending and expensive.
Conservation efforts in the Republic of Congo have proved fruitful with the establishment of protected areas in National Parks, though as much of the gorilla population is outside these areas they remain at risk from the above factors in addition to the destruction of their rain forest habitat by logging companies and by individuals who harvest wood in an unsustainable manner as their primary source of fuel.
Gorilla Trekking in DRC
Gorilla trekking in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is incomparably one of the most thrilling and sought after adventures by trekkers in the world. Amazingly, both the rare mountain gorillas and the Lowland gorillas are all confined within the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo, which makes it one of the most exceptional destinations anyone on African safari should pay a visit.