Mountain gorilla population on the rise

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Picture shows a close up of a mountain gorilla from Bwindi Impenetrable National ParkReuters
The mountain gorilla's population has risen by a quarter since 2010 to 1,000

One of the world's most endangered animals - the mountain gorilla - has seen a huge rise in its numbers!

In the last eight years their numbers have risen by a quarter. This means that there are now one thousand mountain gorillas in the wild - the highest the population has been in decades.

The rise has been a result of the work of charities and the three countries where the mountain gorillas two main habitats are based - the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda.

Mountain gorillas only live in two areas - Virunga National Park where the population has risen from 480 to 604 since 2010 and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which has 400 mountain gorillas.

Two images - first shows African map highlighting Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania. Second image is closer - shows same countries with two mountain gorilla parks highlighted across Rwanda, Democratic Republic Congo and Uganda.
Did you know... Mountain gorillas live in two African parks - the Virunga National Park and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Mountain gorillas are one of the most endangered species on the planet.

These animals are under threat from poachers and the destruction of their habitat.

Recently the Democratic Republic of Congo has invited oil companies to look for oil in Virunga causing concern for many conservationists.

The growing population is a result of a huge effort to save the speciers - many conservationists hope it's just the start of a continued rise in their numbers.