Gorillas Are Going Extinct (4/7)

The world’s largest gorillas have been pushed to the brink of extinction by a surge of illegal hunting are now critically endangered. Fewer than 4,000 Grauer’s gorillas remain in the wild and officials from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced Sunday (Sept. 4) that they’re raising the threatened status of the Grauer’s gorilla from “endangered” to “critically endangered,” the highest category before extinction.

The number of eastern gorillas has declined more than 70% in two decades.

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