A Grauer's gorilla © 123RF
A Grauer's gorilla © 123RF

Mining linked to plummeting gorilla numbers

Artisanal mining in parts of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a major contributor to a large drop in the number of gorillas over the past 20 years, according to a study.

report by the Wildlife Conservation Society and Fauna & Flora International found that the numbers of Grauer’s gorilla, the world’s largest primate, have fallen by 77% in the last two decades, with fewer than 4,000 of the subspecies remaining.

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