Target: Erik Solheim, United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director
Goal: Enact stronger protections to save the eastern gorilla from extinction.
The eastern gorilla, the world’s largest living primate, is in imminent danger of being wiped off the face of the earth. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently listed the species as “critically endangered.”
This troubling news continues a dangerous trend for the world’s great ape population. Of the planet’s six great ape species, four are now considered to be critically endangered. The IUCN mentioned habitat loss and illegal hunting as the primary reasons for the gorilla’s status change. “To see the eastern gorilla — one of our closest cousins — slide toward extinction is truly distressing,” said Inger Andersen, the organization’s director general.
According to recent estimates, there are approximately 5,000 eastern gorillas remaining in the wild, a number that represents a 70 percent decline from the 1990’s. If unchecked, this massive decline will soon permanently eliminate this species. Sign the petition below and demand that stronger protections for these valuable animals be put in place before it is too late.
Dear Mr. Solheim,
I am writing to call your attention to the plight of the eastern gorilla. This species was just recently listed as “critically endangered,” meaning it is only one step away from extinction. Due to illegal poaching and extensive habitat loss, there are now only 5,000 gorillas remaining in the wild, which represents a 70 percent decline over the past 20 years.
Fortunately, it is not too late to save these animals. Conservation efforts have saved several other species from the brink of extinction, and they can do the same for the eastern gorilla. I urge you to enact stronger protections to save these creatures from violent hunters and senseless deforestation.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Fiver Löcker