Help save the mountain gorilla
Baby gorillas, like human babies, love playing with each other and with adults.
Credit: Juan Pablo Moreiras / FFI
The mountain gorilla is one of the largest and strongest animals on the planet, yet it is also extremely vulnerable. Little more than 700 individuals survive in the dense forests of Central Africa.
Habitat loss is the most serious threat to these great apes. Not only do their forest homes contain valuable timber but beneath them lie vast mineral reserves. One of the most controversial mining operations in the DRC has been for coltan. Coltan is a key component used in the production of mobile phones. Unfortunately, the gorillas live directly on coltan-rich land; and the rising demand for the mineral directly endangers the apes.