Slaughtering the Mountain Gorilla

gorrilla.jpgA female gorilla and her 18 month old offspring have been shot in Virunga National Park in the Congo. This follows the shooting of 4 silverback males from the same family group in July and brings this years total gorilla kill to 9.

There are just 380 mountain gorillas in this park which is more than half of the world’s population. They are highly endangered and supposedly protected.

These gorillas are not being killed by poachers as no body parts are missing. They are simply being shot and left. Wildlife experts in the park call the killings “executions”. They are being killed for sport.

You have to ask yourself what kind of lowlife would do such a thing in this day and age? It’s just beyond me.

I remember so many times growing up, going to the zoo and watching these gentle giants in awe. As they don’t reproduce well in captivity, chances are my grandchildren and yours will never have that pleasure.

The mountain gorilla joins these other magnificent creatures on their last journey..

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2 Comments on “Slaughtering the Mountain Gorilla”

  1. Tanner Says:

    I am a third grader doing a poster on the endangered gorilla. Any more information would nice. My project is due Sept.14.

    Thanks
    Tanner

  2. expatbrian Says:

    Hi Tanner,
    For some more pictures and good info try national geographics page here.
    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/creature_feature/0007/gorillas.html

    and also here.
    http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/mountain-gorilla.html

    and here.
    http://www.mountaingorillas.org/index.htm

    But the best place is to send a comment or message directly to Paulin Ngobobo who is the ranger in charge of gorilla protection in the Congo and is linked over in my Animal Rights section under Gorilla Protection. You can contact him here.
    http://www.wildlifedirect.org/blogAdmin/gorilla

    Good luck!


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