IUCN downgrades eastern gorilla to ‘critically endangered’

IUCN downgrades eastern gorilla to ‘critically endangered’

A new reported issued by theInternational Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said that as a result of an increase in present habitat across China, the giant pandas population has gone up by 17% from 2004 to 2014, prompting the group to move the panda off of its endangered species list. Now, the giant panda has been labeled ‘vulnerable’.

On the other side the IUCN has downgraded the eastern gorilla-African civil wars and hunting victim- to ‘critically endangered’.Scientists added that two adorable but at the same time threatened mammals have been experiencing very different fates in the wild.

Pandas have been the focus of intensive conservation campaign. In the annual report, IUCN said that in 2014, acountrywide panda census discovered 1,864 giant pandas in the wild, greater than 1,596 ten years back. According to scientists’ estimations, the total population of pandas may be as high as 2,060.

In 1981, China prohibited trading panda skins. The 1988 Wildlife Protection Law prohibited poaching and the animal received the highest protected status. At present China has 67 reserves protecting nearly two-thirds of its panda population.

The Chinese government and international conservation groups and zoos have joined hands, and their collaborations thus brought giant pandas to zoos across the world. Last month, Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo celebrated the 19th birthday of TianTian, a 1997-born giant male panda in China. The 19-year-old is the half-brother of a 24-year-old female Bai Yun at the San Diego Zoo.

The IUCN said that though Chinese reforestation and forest protection initiatives are going on, still climate change is a huge threat for over one-third of the panda's bamboo habitation.

As per IUCN, the eastern gorilla living in mountainous forests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda is a victim of the area’s civil wars.


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