Critically Endangered Cross River Gorilla Silverback Killed in Cameroon
A male Cross River Gorilla has been shot earlier this month in the Lebialem Highlands near Pinyin in the Santa Sub Division of North West Cameroon.
The presence of this silverback gorilla was reported by a local teacher who was going to her farm very early in the morning on March 1st 2013 at about 1 km away from the village. Pinyin is about 33 km from the proposed Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary.
"The killing of this over 40-year silver-back was ordered by the Chief of Gendarmerie Brigade based in Pinyin", according to Neba Bedes, wildlife expert working for the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF), "It was done in the name of "self-defense" without conducting the necessary security checks to determine whether this critically endangered animal is causing any danger to the local people.
It is alleged that over 45 bullets were used as well as clubs and stones to kill the gorilla, leaving it in a pool of his own blood.
How can you help?
1. Please sign the petition (http://www.avaaz.org/en/petition/Stop_The_Killing_of_Critically_Endangered_Cross_River_Gorillas_in_Cameroon/). Your signatures will go to the Minister of Forestry and Wildlife and Prime Minister of Cameroon.
2. Donate now to help save the critical endangered Cross River Gorillas, which are under great pressure. With your support, we can speed up the process to establish 3 new gorilla reserves and intensify community education and anti-poaching surveys
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Cross River Gorillas are one of the world's 25 most endangered primates according to the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. Estimates on the number of Cross River gorillas remaining is 250–300 in the wild and their range is currently very fragmented. A new conservation complex will protect these critically endangered great apes in the Cameroon highlands. Join us as a volunteer, support the…
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