Threatened Mountain Gorillas Off ‘Critically Endangered’ Species List

"GOMA, Congo — Central African mountain gorillas came off the “critically endangered” species list on Thursday following a rare and dramatic recovery in numbers in the past decade.

A survey this year found numbers had jumped to 1,000 individuals, from 680 in 2008, enabling scientists to reclassify them as “endangered.”

“Even though the rise of the mountain gorilla population is fantastic news, the species is still in danger and conservation efforts must go on,” said Liz Williamson, primate specialist for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)."

Fiston Mahamba and Juliette Jabkhiro report for Reuters November 15, 2018.

Source: Reuters, 11/21/2018