According to some researchers, the gorillas of the African continent may go extinct within fifteen years. This may happen if nothing is done to protect them against poaching and their illegal trafficking on and outside the continent. Even their dwelling places are in danger since some forests in which these great animals used to hide and reproduce are being damaged by people. This widely shows that there is a need of an SOS to protect these animals which attract tourists to Africa from all over the world.
Gorillas are one of the most visited animals on the African continent; so their protection is valuable since they are present in ten of the countries that make the Central African area. The acute question is to know what is going on exactly in the forests of Africa. Indeed the meat of these animals is very appreciated by the population because some people do believe their meat is not only good as food but also good medicine.
Some tribes in Africa, like in the Congo DRC believe that in eating the meat of these monkeys they will have been exempted of some diseases. Others believe that if they chew the bones of these animals, they will become as stout as they are and they will never become old. There are other people who use their skin and fur and bones, paritcularly the skull, the nails and the teeth in witchcraft and sorcery. These are just a few of the things which endanger the lives of these precious animals. These unfortunate animals are needed by international tourists or any other people who capture them when young. The aim of this is to sell them abroad very costly as pet or collection animals.
In the Congo, for example, the mining activities and illegal forest exploitation are another kind of threat for these species. The illegal destruction of the forests is a daily activity that involves a majority of the people who live near the forests; they forget that these forests are the protection of these kinds of monkeys that can generate a high income to the country if they are well protected. These forests also are necessary as they contribute to generating oxygen we breathe. All the people should feel the need of protecting these monkeys because they have become a kind of looted resources that are sold to European or Asian companies, which grows them billions of dollars per month in their income.
As earlier stated, these animals are hunted for, it seems, their nutritive meat. This meat is sold by poachers who use fire arms to kill them in the forests. These gorillas are mammals that are beyond everything hunted in order to feed mine diggers. Wars can also be a great cause of the extinction of these animals because oftentimes, the fighters hide in forests and there they have nothing to feed on except animals, including gorillas. Once there is war, people are displaced and they seek refuge in forest where they destroy it, set it on fire, cut trees for producing charcoals; this make these animals lose shelter. Killing various animals including gorillas is a great loss for the country in particular and for the world heritage in general.
We should not forget that this species is also attacked by some viruses like Ebola, which may extinguish them if nothing is done to protect them. Being aware of the threats to gorillas, everyone should be informed that these animals are a great heritage of the world and thus their protection should be a priority for all the countries, which should denounce the their illegal trafficking, killing and destruction of their dwelling places that are the forests.
One of the Central African countries, namely Rwanda is making a great difference; there is every year a ceremony dedicated to name baby mountain gorillas. This event is countrywide celebrated in the presence of the local leadership and visitors from all over the world join in. I think this is a good example the other countries of this region should follow as to protect gorillas.