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10 Most Threatened Animal Species (Slideshow)

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Mountain Gorilla
Scientists consider mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) to be a critically endangered gorilla subspecies, with about 720 surviving in the wild. More than 200 live in the Virunga National Park, located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo, bordering Rwanda and Uganda. War has been waged in areas around the park, with gorillas subject to related threats such as poaching and loss of habitat. Conservation efforts have led to an increase in the Virunga population by 14% in the last 12 years, while the mountain gorillas other home, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, has experienced population increases of 12% over the past decade. Despite this success, the mountain gorillas status remains fragile, and WWF is working to save the great ape’s forest habitat in the mountains of the heart of Africa.

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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7:50PM PST on Jan 21, 2015

So sad that is why alot of the zoos are trying to help these animals breed, so they won't be extint

1:30PM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Thank you

3:53AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

If the trend isn't stopped, the next victims are the human

4:47AM PST on Jan 9, 2015

This is outrageous (but I'm relieved that anteaters are not on the list).

2:19PM PDT on May 3, 2014

I'm just very sad :-((

7:31AM PDT on Jul 19, 2013

Very sad... I also prefer animals to humans.
I know It's a bold statement but I'm shown why over and over again.

10:08AM PDT on May 18, 2013

So sad.thanks for sharing

5:19PM PDT on Mar 19, 2013

thanks....

8:58AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

:-(

12:45AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Truly saddening how such beautiful animals are in danger because of humanity.

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