Threatened & endangered species

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    Gorillas in our midst...
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    Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas Making Comeback
    December 23, 2011 - In the 1980s, the movie Gorillas in the Mist, made Rwanda's almost-extinct mountain gorillas famous. Now, they have come back from the brink, having increased their numbers three-fold to almost 800. The gorillas are drawing tourists from all over the world to the East African nation.
     
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    The Great Apes are our closest relitives, and very intelligent and interesting animals. To force them into extinction would be another criminal blot on man's sad history of interaction with the other creatures of this planet.
     
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    Six billion humans and only 800 gorillas.

    Something's out of whack.
     
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    The same for Bonobos, Chimpanzees, and Orangatans.
     
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    Life with a gorilla...
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    The ups and downs of living with a gorilla
    31 December 2011 - The Thivillons have been caring for Digit the gorilla for more than a decade, but having a primate at home throws up some unlikely problems.

     
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    No kidding! No wonder that dang gorilla hand ashtray was so freakin' expensive! ;~0

    Seriously, you know what I find so remarkable about the mountain gorilla, well all gorilla really, but the mountain especially?

    Their nature. Don't get me wrong, I know they WILL kill ya if they feel sufficiently threatened. And they can do it without even trying, but they have to be REALLY provoked to launch an all out attack on other critters. Even us. It's like they KNOW they are the big dog and it makes them benevolent.

    Other primates...and most animals in general...are much more subject to random and all out attack of each other and other species. Particularly the smaller primates. Seems like the smaller primates suffer from little man's disease just as much as vertically challenged humans do. ;~)

    But mountain gorillas always seemed to me to be the "best adjusted" of the great apes. Probably what makes them such easy targets for poachers!
     
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    Reproductive gene pool requires 800 minimum...
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    Fighting threatens gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo
    Mon May 14, 2012 - Mountain gorillas are critically endangered, with fewer than 800 left in the world; A national park is forced to abandon patrol posts as rebels move in and fighting intensifies; Despite its rich resources, the central African nation battles violence and poverty
     
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    I suspect the only hope for most species that are dying off in this century will be genetic science.

    With only 800 indisidual left in a species, I doubt that species really has the genetic diversity to make it.
     
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    species come and species go............its called nature. Been happening a long, long time for those who didnt know.

    Less than 5% of the population gets hyper-angst about it.

    Clearly.........some people have waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands with nothing to do.:gay:


    I mean c'mon s0ns...........ever take a gander and check out some of the post counts of the hyper-nutters on this board? I rest. People need to take a course on getting themselves networked.
     
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