Two African nations team up to protect world's rarest ape


Just 300 Cross River gorillas remain in the wild, making it the world's most endangered ape, if not the world's most endangered primate.

Now, the governments of Nigeria and Cameroon have agreed to work together to help save the Cross River gorilla, which only exists within their borders. At a meeting held last week, the two nations agreed to "improve trans-boundary cooperation to protect the critically endangered species, as well as other endangered wildlife," according to a report from the Environment News Service.

Participating in the agreement were representatives of state parks from each country, who will now work to "reduce the bushmeat trade and illegal logging, strengthen field monitoring, increase community involvement and conservation education, and improve law enforcement within the parks."

The meeting to hammer out this agreement was made possible through the financial support of the WWF, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Great Apes Conservation Fund.

The critically endangered Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is a sub-species of the Western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). The Cross River gorilla's population is extremely fragmented, with 8-11 groups separated by extensive local farmlands.

Want to help protect the Cross River gorilla? Through the African Conservation Foundation, you can donate funds to buy supplies for park rangers who help protect the gorillas from poachers. You can even choose to pay a ranger's salary for a whole year, at the staggeringly low cost of just $150. Those last 300 gorillas would thank you if they could.

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