Endangered whales, giraffes & gorillas make a comeback

Dec 18, 2018, 7:17 AM EST
(Source: Rod Waddington/flickr)
(Source: Rod Waddington/flickr)

Years of concerted conservation efforts among governments, society and businesses are bearing fruits for mountain gorillas, a subspecies of giraffe and two types of whale, which are less vulnerable to extinction now than the last time they were assessed.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the populations of these endangered animals is on the rise, courtesy a sustained, long-term investment in conservation, writes Green Matters.

Mountain gorillas, which were down to just 680 individuals in 2008, have shown a heartening recovery with the current count at around 1,004, a gain that required continuous monitoring and armed protection of the species in their habitats threatened by civil unrest and agricultural expansion, notes Nature.

The IUCN isn’t getting complacent with the progress, given that the threats to these species – illegal hunting, habitat destruction and disease outbreaks - still remain a dominant force operating against them.