The census counted a total of 480 mountain gorillas in 36 groups, along with 14 solitary silverback males in the Virunga Massif. The last census conducted in the Virunga Massif was in 2003, when the population was estimated at 380 individuals. Along with the 302 mountain gorillas counted in 2006 in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and four orphaned mountain gorillas in a sanctuary in the DRC, the total known world population of mountain gorillas is 786 individuals.
As we know, mankind can be a destructive force, especially when we disregard other living things on this planet by treating them as commodities. While the mountain gorilla population has increased, it is a long way from a full recovery.
It is up to us, through our actions, to help with the gorilla’s continuing recovery. We can do this by ceasing activities such as “poaching to supply bushmeat to wealthy urbanites” and by not engaging in “habitat destruction through illegal logging and land conversion.”