Two new scientific reports remind us how little we know about the planet earth and how much work we have to do to protect it. First the good news. The Wildlife Conservation Society reported the number of western lowland gorillas listed as an endangered species is thriving in the remote northern forest in the Republic of Congo. The gorilla population there numbers one hundred and twenty-five thousand. Unfortunately that pocket of wilderness may be the calm in the eye of the storm hitting the world's primate populations. A recent review by the International Union for Conservation of Nature found nearly half of the world's 634 known primate species could face extinction. Human factors like deforestation and hunting are to blame for pushing these species to the brink. And to counter this trend scientists are now focused on preserving and expanding primate habitat. Human involvment may be the only solution to save the less evolved primates on the planet.



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