Sunday, November 04, 2007

Gorilla Slaughter

November 5, 2007

If the people of Congo save the mountain gorilla, might the gorilla return the favor?

That is the hope of environmental activists, who realise that wildlife conservation and tourism could be the key to survival for people as well as animals in a part of Africa where conflict has been the norm. Mountain gorillas are gentle giants that range across the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa.

These primates are considered extremely endangered, with fewer than 720 in existence. After a decade of relative calm for these animals -- the same cannot be said of the humans around them -- wildlife officials report at least 10 have been killed this year. Photographs documenting the slaughter are heartbreaking, mostly because of the peaceful, human-like expressions the dead gorillas wear.

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