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Great news: Mountain gorilla population has increased!

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Between climate change, deforestation and illegal poaching, there isn’t usually a heck of a lot of good news on the endangered species front, so this juicy tidbit from the World Wildlife Federation is a breath of fresh air for everyone who first fell in love with mountain gorillas thanks to Dian Fossey (or Sigourney Weaver’s portrayal of her work, anyway).

Thanks to a concerted conservation effort, the mountain gorilla population has increased from 786 individuals in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Virunga Massif to 880 two years later, according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

One issue of significant concern, though, is possible oil exploration in the area of Virunga National Park, the heavy equipment and activity of which could threaten a number of rare species in the area including the mountain gorilla.

Feel free to bask in the glory of a little success, though.

Full story at Treehugger.

A victory for the animals.

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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