Silverback Gorilla Motoba Melbourne Zoo
Feb 21 , 2008
Three countries have come together for the first time to try to save the mountain gorillas of central Africa.
Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Uganda, have launched a project to protect the great apes, which live at the point where the three countries meet.
There are only about 700 gorillas still left in the world and their numbers have been badly affected by poaching.
They have also been hit by the deadly ebola virus and the destruction of the mountain forests which are their natural habitat.
The first four years of the “10-year strategic project” is funded by the Dutch government and is aimed at protecting the mountain gorillas and their habitat as well addressing poaching and encroachment that have blighted the rare species.
The scheme will include measures to improve the lives of the communities who depend on the nearby national parks for survival.