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11 animals on the verge of extinction

By: Shea Gunther on Aug. 22, 2016, 5:03 p.m.
Gorilla in the wild

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Eastern gorillas

Both species of the mountain gorilla — the eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) and the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) — face significant challenges in their isolated habitats. The mountain gorilla has around 680 individual members living between two different groups and both face threat from an ever-encroaching human population. wThe eastern lowland gorilla, dealing with war and strife in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has seen its population drop from 17,000 in 1995 to 3,380 in 2016.