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In their natural habitat, gorillas are exposed to many threats - most of these are the result of humans settling in gorilla habitat.

Which dangers are the gorillas exposed to?

The most important threats are as follows: loss of habitat for the apes when the rain forest is logged; hunting which impacts directly on gorilla populations; traps that are intended for other animals but can also be fatal for gorillas; the transmission of human diseases which may be fatal to gorillas. The articles summarized here describe these and other threats.

One of the Biggest Ape Traffickers of Africa Arrested

July 2017

Abdourahamane Sidibé, a major wildlife trafficker of Guinean nationality, was arrested on 18 February 2017 in Conakry in a special operation by...[details]

A Brief Update on the Proposed Superhighway in Cross River State

July 2017

In March 2016 the Federal Ministry of the Environment issued Cross River State a stop work order pending approval of an environmental impact...[details]

The "Walk through the Dja"

January 2017

The conservation action plan for western lowland gorillas and central chimpanzees identifies 18 priority landscapes (IUCN 2014). One of them is the...[details]

On a Road to Nowhere?

January 2017

After 16 years of continuous rule under the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and record levels of corruption and mismanagement, Nigeria elected a new...[details]

Grauer’s Gorilla Population Reduced Dramatically

April 2016

Grauer's gorillas are a subspecies of eastern gorillas and live in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo - an area where fighting between various...[details]

African Tropical Forests Are under Stress

January 2016

Tropical deforestation is well known to have serious negative consequences for biodiversity, terrestrial carbon sinks and the balance of atmospheric...[details]

The Sarambwe Reserve: Current Developments and Threats

January 2016

This article documents activities implemented in the Sarambwe Reserve and the almost continuous threats to the conservation of the reserve. It is...[details]

Can the Gorillas of Mt. Tshiaberimu Survive?

July 2015

Planting of passion fruit seeds in sacks at the Vurusi nursery

In previous articles we have documented the invaluable support Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe has provided over the years to gorilla and...[details]

Maiko National Park Progress Report

January 2015

Taking notes at a gorilla nest in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park (© FZS)

Maiko National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo, lies in one of the most remote forest areas in the world. It is an incredible wilderness area,...[details]

Trees around Tshiaberimu

December 2014

In 2008, a cry for help came from the Mount Tshiaberimu area due to a rush of people cutting wood and producing charcoal. The profitability of this...[details]

Update: Conflict in the Central African Republic

December 2014

The Dzanga-Sangha Protected Areas (DSPA), located in the southwestern Central African Republic (CAR) and the northern edge of the Congo basin, is...[details]

Oil Exploration in Virunga Park

December 2014

In 2013, WWF started the campaign "Draw the Line" to stop the British oil company SOCO's explorations for oil in the Virunga National Park,...[details]

Ebola Reduces Bushmeat Consumption

December 2014

Bushmeat traders in Watt Market in Calabar, Cross River State, South Eastern Nigeria, are lamenting the poor sales of bushmeat since the outbreak of...[details]

Using Technology in the Mbe Mountains

June 2014

The Mbe Mountains form part of an important habitat corridor linking Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary to the Okwangwo Division of Cross River National...[details]

Bushmeat Trafficking in Switzerland

June 2014

Illegal meats for human consumption are smuggled daily into airports worldwide and some of this meat originates from wild species, including...[details]

Geriatric Gorillas

January 2014

Colo (© Grahm S. Jones, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)

December 22, 1956, was a historic day for the zoological world as we welcomed the first successful zoo gorilla birth - a female, eventually...[details]

The Sarambwe Reserve and the War

January 2014

It has been approximately two decades since Sarambwe Forest descended into chaos, with the potential to end in the degradation of its ecosystems or...[details]

Oil Palm Plantations in Africa

January 2014

The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) has its origin in West Africa. Palm oil is a common cooking ingredient in equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and...[details]

Bushmeat Hunting Changes African Rainforests

January 2014

Hunting often devastates populations of large mammals, and this may have impact on other animal and plant communities. In two recent studies (Effiom...[details]

The Economic Value of Virunga Park

November 2013

Drawing from the report (© WWF)

In response to the granting of oil concessions in Virunga National Park (Virunga) in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), WWF launched a...[details]

Landslides Hit Afi Sanctuary

January 2014

The Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) occupies approximately 100 km² in the north-western area of the Afi River Forest Reserve in the northern...[details]

Gorillas in the Dimonika Biosphere Reserve

July 2013

Approaching the Dimonika Biosphere Reserve

Designated in 1988 under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Program, Dimonika Biosphere Reserve is located in the central Mayombe Mountain chain in the...[details]

Blood Samples from Tshiaberimu Gorillas

July 2013

On a small forested island in the western region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Virunga National Park, a tiny population of Grauer's...[details]

Orphan Gorilla Confiscation in Equatorial Guinea

January 2013

Equatorial Guinea is experiencing a dramatic oil-fuelled economic boom which over the last decade has in­creased incomes, encouraged urban migration...[details]

The Bambidie Gorillas

January 2013

Female and offspring in the bai

The Bambidie Gorilla Project (BGP), founded in 2008, aims to preserve a population of western lowland go­ril­las, between the villages of...[details]

Two New Grauer's Gorillas Orphans

January 2013

Isangi with her caretaker (© Molly Feltner/gorilla doctors)

On September 13, 2012, a young gorilla was brought to the Kahuzi-Biega National Park headquarters by a community conservation group, who claimed to...[details]

Conservation Action Plan in Congo

January 2013

UGADEC region in northeastern Congo

Some of the largest tracts of forest habitat in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo are located in the Walikale and Lubutu territories....[details]

The 7-metre Gorilla Tracking Regulation

July 2012

An UWA ranger informs gorilla tourist on the correct behaviour. (© Allison C. Hanes)

The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is listed as Critically Endangered (C1) by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature...[details]

Extensive Patrols in Maiko

July 2012

Poachers arrested in the park

As part of the monitoring activities taking place In Maiko National Park during the festive period, between Christmas 2011 and the New Year,...[details]

Planting Trees for Gorilla Conservation

January 2012

Schüler in der Baumschule (© Augustin Rwimo)

The population of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo depends on charcoal for cooking. To obtain it, they cut large areas of forest, even in...[details]

New Gorilla Orphan Confiscated

January 2012

Ihirwe

A new orphan gorilla infant arrived in the night on Sunday, August 7th, 2011, at the care facility in Kinigi, Rwanda operated by the Dian Fossey...[details]

Orphaned Gorilla Care

January 2012

Jan Ramer (right) examining Shamavu, who is held by the ranger Shamavu (© Molly Feltner)

Gorilla confiscations are on the rise in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. So far this year 3 eastern lowland, or Grauer’s gorillas have been...[details]

Maiko and the Simba

January 2012

Illegal mining site in the park (© Stuart Nixon/FFI)

The Maiko National Park (MNP) is one of the least known and most biodiverse of all parks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo comprising over...[details]

Searching for Solutions to the Threats to Maiko

January 2012

Camping site of mining workers at the edge of the park (© Paulin Wilondja-As-Ngobobo)

Conservation in the Maiko National Park (MNP) remains difficult: the intensity of threats to the park has not decreased. It is an enormous challenge...[details]

Human Metapneumovirus Infection

July 2011

Mararo grooming her sick son Impundu (© Magdalena Braum)

The genetic relatedness of mountain gorillas and humans has led to concerns about interspecies transmission of infectious agents. Human-to-gorilla...[details]

Threats to Maiko National Park 2011

July 2011

Paulin Wilondja-As-Ngobobo with the confiscated Lubutu (© ICCN)

While the Maiko National Park still contains a high biodiversity, it is increasingly obvious that its conservation is still dependent on finding a...[details]

Wildlife Trafficking in Gabon

July 2011

Chimpanzee and gorilla hands confiscated during the operation in January 2011 (© Luc Mathot)

The critical situation of the elephants and the great apes, and their role in the regeneration of the tropical forest, are well documented and...[details]

Response to Oil Prospecting in Gabon

December 2010

A hole for the dynamite is prepared. (© Luisa Rabanal)

As the world's oil reserves continue to decline, interest from major petroleum companies in the largely unexploited reserves of African oil...[details]

Status of Maiko National Park

December 2010

Transport of a monkey that was killed in the national park (© Paulin Wilondja-as-Ngobobo)

Maiko National Park (MNP) is part of a network of 7 national parks located in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The MNP was created in 1970 by...[details]

Employee Health in Kahuzi-Biega

June 2010

A ranger has his EHP health check (© MGVP)

Historically, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP), in collaboration with host country national wildlife, natural resource and/or tourism...[details]

Gorillas of the Ebo Forest - Conservation

June 2010

Map of the proposed Ebo National Park (© Angela Meder, adapted from a map by Bethan Morgan)

In November 2002 a population of gorillas was "discovered" in the Ebo forest of southwestern Cameroon, less than 100 km north of the Sanaga...[details]

Bushmeat Investigation Trip

December 2009

Logging concessions around the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park (© Angela Meder)

Republic of Congo: in March 2009 I made a tour of the various markets in Ouesso, and for the first time realized the real ubiquity of bushmeat in...[details]

Gorilla Guardians in Cameroon 2009

December 2009

Peter Tipa, Moses Takia and hunter Prince Ebole with a gorilla nest (© WCS Takamanda-Mone Landscape Project, Cameroon)

Faced with the challenge of improving the monitoring of unprotected Cross River gorilla sites in Cameroon, the Gorilla Guardian community-based...[details]

Bacterial Exchange

July 2009

Members of the Rushegura group visiting a lodge in Buhoma (© Uwe Kribus)

The nature and frequency of human contact with wild primates is changing as a result of hunting, human encroachment on wildlife habitats, research,...[details]

Important Forest Corridor for Gorillas under Threat

December 2008

The Afi River Forest Reserve survey team

The Afi River Forest Reserve is an area lying between two sites in Nigeria where the Cross River gorilla is known to occur - the Afi Mountain...[details]

Advantages and Disadvantages of Ape Research and Tourism

June 2008

The behaviour of free-ranging chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) has been studied in the Taï National Park in Côte d'Ivoire since 1979. Three communities...[details]

Severe Problems in Virunga National Park

December 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Killing of Two Silverbacks

June 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Orphan Gorilla Reintroduction

June 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Gorillas in Maiko South

December 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Respiratory Diseases in Mountain Gorillas

December 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Sudden Great Ape Die-Off

June 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Where are the Gorillas?

June 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Low Wall High Impact

December 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Bushmeat and People’s Health

December 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Diseases Shared by Gorillas and Humans

December 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Conservation Through Public Health

June 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

AFECOGO and UGADEC

December 2003

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Bushmeat Update

December 2003

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Zoos Fight the Bushmeat Problem

June 2002

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Scabies in Bwindi

December 2000

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Snares in the Mikeno Sector

June 2010

Rangers of the Virunga National Park with snares (© www.gorilla.cd)

Mount Visoke lies at the heart of mountain gorilla habitat - and so naturally the rangers of the Virunga National Park often venture onto the flanks...[details]

Will the Virunga National Park Survive?

June 2000

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Mt. Tshiaberimu Project 2008

July 2009

The silverback Nzanzu (© The Gorilla Organization)

2008 has been a very difficult year for The Gorilla Organization on Mt Tshiaberimu. In February 2008 the adult female Mughole of the Kipura group...[details]

Rehabilitating Eastern Gorillas

June 2007

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

The Situation in Maiko 2000

December 2000

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Coltan Boom, Gorilla Bust

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Orphan Gorilla Reintroduction

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Conservation of Western Lowland Gorillas

December 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Shifting Trend of Ape Trafficking

January 2013

Wildlife law enforcement operation in East of Cameroon led to arrest of traffickers in gorilla parts. (© LAGA)

In recent years, the trafficking of Afri­ca's apes has evolved into a highly organized criminal activity, but the situation has remained largely...[details]

Grauer’s Gorilla Now Critically Endangered

January 2017

During the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2016, updates in the Red List of Threatened Species were made public. Not surprising was...[details]

Gorilla Slaughter in Kahuzi-Biega

December 1999

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Wildlife Crime in Cameroon and Operations' Impact

December 2008

Abong Mbang, January 2008 (© LAGA)

Illegal trade in apes is an issue that has suffered from great confusion and lack of knowledge for a very long time. While endless popular bushmeat...[details]

World Heritage Animals in Danger

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Great Ape Hunting in Lobeke

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Bushmeat Trade Around Cross River National Park

December 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Reintroduced Gorillas

June 2005

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

Great Ape Trafficking Around Kahuzi-Biega National Park

June 2002

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Wildlife Law Enforcement in Cameroon

December 2004

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file.[details]

The Aspinall Foundation's Project in Gabon

June 2011

Sophie with Antsia, Mbundu and Tonga (© PPG Gabon)

Over the last 12 years, UK-charity The Aspinall Foundation has been running a unique western lowland gorilla rehabilitation and...[details]

Gorilla Killers Arrested in Congo

June 2011

Hands of gorillas killed by a poacher in northern Congo (© PROGEPP – Projet Gestion des Ecosystèmes Périphériques au Parc National Nouabalé-Ndoki)

Two men were recently arrested in the Kabo forestry concession in northern Republic of Congo for hunting a gorilla. The hunt was carried out during...[details]

Scabies in Bwindi Gorillas

December 1996

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Endoparasites in Gorillas and Humans

December 1997

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Ape Tourism and Human Diseases

June 2000

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Possible Goundou in Gorillas

December 2008

Specimen A (© Colin Groves)

It is generally recognised that naturally occurring treponematosis is found in some African nonhuman primates. In addition, bone lesions of...[details]

Gorilla Deaths Spark Fears at Mount Tshiaberimu

June 2008

On 10 May, 2008, Molo, one of just 20 rare gorillas living in the forests of Mount Tshiaberimu, in the northern annex of Virunga National Park,...[details]

Ebola - from Bats to Gorillas

June 2006

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Outbreak of Mange in Bwindi

February 2001

Available only within the Gorilla Journal PDF file[details]

Gorillas and Other Primates Discussed in Nairobi

November 2013

We attended the 19th International Scientific Conference in Nairobi, Kenya, from 11 to 13 September 2013. It was jointly organised by the Institute...[details]

A GIS Habitat Map for the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon

December 2008

Kagwene monitoring (© Ymke Warren)

The Cross River gorilla is the most endangered of all great ape taxa, and its rare and increasingly fragmented populations continue to be threatened...[details]