Today is the first ever World Gorilla Day! 🦍
#DidYouKnow there are 2 species of Gorilla? The Eastern Gorilla (2 subspecies) and the Western Gorilla (2 subspecies). Gorillas are the largest primates in the world, with males reaching up to 200kgs/440lbs in weight!
They live in small family groups consisting of a dominant male, several females and their offspring. Females only produce 1-2 young every 3-4 years, and only 3-4 young over their entire lifetime.
Gorillas are native to Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Nigeria.
They were upgraded on the IUCN Redlist to Critically Endangered in 2016.
Main threats to Gorillas are:
* Illegal poaching for bushmeat
* Human conflict
* Habitat destruction and degradation
* Climate change
* Weak law enforcement * Civil unrest
You can help save Gorillas:
* Don't throw away a good thing- if your #mobile/cell phone, #tablet or #MP3 player is still in good condition and still does the job, #don't#throw it #away for the newest one on the market.
One of the biggest threats to Gorilla habitat is #Coltan mining. Coltan is used in the production of these devices, and the more we increase the demand for them, the more habitat Gorillas lose. If you do buy a new device, #recycle your #old one! The Coltan in old devices can be recycled and put into new devices, reducing the need for mining.
* Do not support bushmeat trade, and report any suspicious activity to local and international authorities.
* Reduce your carbon footprint and support green energy and products
* Support ecotourism such as Gorilla treks
* Donate to @savinggorillas