Success: Mountain Gorilla Populations Increasing


Target: Felix Ndagijimana, Director of the Karisoke Research Center

Goal: Thank conservationists for helping to increase number of gorillas in the wild.

Mountain gorillas are making a comeback partially due to tourism. This is good news since scientists predicted these animals would be extinct by the end of the 20th century.

Money from the tourism industry has helped to fund conservation efforts and has helped to get struggling communities back to a stable economic point. Because of this, a lot less humans are venturing into forests to look for firewood or places to build their farms, better ensuring that areas where gorillas live remain intact. In addition, tourism dollars have funded the cost of guards patrolling areas where gorilla poachers frequently go, making it so many poachers are stopped.

There are also many veterinarians who help gorillas in the wild, which has likely helped them in their recovery. For example, many veterinarians have saved gorillas from snare traps that were intended to catch other animals.

Conservationists’ main goal is to increase “positive human influences” with the animals. Their efforts must be working, as the number of gorillas has increased from around 540 animals in 1985 to about 880 gorillas today.

Sign this petition to thank Felix Ndagijimana and all the other people who help to track and rescue gorillas, as well as the rest of the ForceChange community and other activists for doing whatever possible to increase gorilla populations. Without their help these beautiful apes would likely not have a fighting chance.


Dear Mr. Ndagijimana,

Due to the insightful thinking of conservationists and the tourism industry, gorilla populations are said by scientists to be increasing. This is certainly news to celebrate, as many people predicted gorillas would by now be extinct.

The tourism industry has helped to increase the population of these animals by helping local communities better thrive economically and—in turn—less people are destroying forests to look for firewood or to try and find new places to build homes. Money from tours of national parks has gone to pay guards for patrolling areas where gorilla poachers are thought to frequent. In addition, vets and conservationists have worked hard to track and rescue animals that need help because of impending medical issues such as snare traps.

While increasing the number of gorillas in the wild is a slow process due to things such as mothers only giving birth every four years, it is exciting to know that the number of gorillas has increased in the wild by over 300 animals since 1985.

The animal rights community would like to thank you for everything you have done to help these magnificent animals increase in number. If it wasn’t for your hard work and efforts, it is quite possible that gorillas would no longer exist.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Manel Dias says:

    If this news is correct, sure I am so glad to know about the Gorillas population recovery. This is almost like Music to my ears. I followed the story of a young woman who sacrificed her life towards the Gorillas, (mainly the silver back gorillas) in Africa in the Seventies. She is the well known Dianne Fossey, and the movie made after her, was named “The Gorillas in the Mist” . In fact after watching her great sacrifices on behalf of these Gorillas, I myself realized and also learned that Animal causes are worth dying for. Animals have no greed, they don’t ask money or fame, they only need the freedom to live in peace. Since we have the power to provide them their freedom it is our duty to do so. THANK YOU ALL for helping the Gorillas recovery & for the fight you do to protect them from their extinction. Your hard work & devotion toward this project must be appreciated by all of us who loves the Gorillas. Thank you.

  2. Judith Mitchell says:

    Thank you so very much, Mr. Ndagijimana, for helping these magnificent gorillas regain some population numbers! I may never be fortunate enough to visit your country and meet your wonderful countrymen and women, but I extend my thanks to all of you, and my happiness that you are benefiting from the healthy state of the gorillas. I’ve been following the news about mountain gorillas for many years and it is so good to hear these encouraging statistics. Again, many thanks to you and your dedicated fellow citizens.

  3. WONDERFUL! JOB WELL DONE! They’re beautiful animals and our planet needs them! Thank you a million fold.

  4. still not extinct!

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