Endangered Species Day 9:
Name: Western Lowland Gorilla of Africa (Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of Congo)
Population: Unknown. Gorillas live in remote, isolated swamps and rainforests and are hard to spot. The population has declined though by over 60% during the last 20 to 25 years.
Extinction Risk: Critically Endangered. Scientists have calculated that the population would require 75 years to recover, even if all the threats to them were removed.
Threat: Poaching and Disease. The deadly Ebola virus has been estimated to have killed off over 1 third of the entire gorilla population, mainly Western Lowland Gorillas. In the Minkébé Forest, it has killed 90% of the gorilla and chimpanzee population. Poachers kill 5% of lowland gorillas yearly in the Congo and spread the Ebola virus to both primates and humans through the handling of primate meat.
All facts from WWF. Non- top hat image taken from here.