Furthermore, a forth ranger had been killed a few weeks earlier in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Just a week earlier, I was in the area working on a project documenting the life of Mountain Gorillas.
The Rushegura Group based in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. During which, I quickly understood why people risk death and dedicate their lives to protecting the 880 individuals that remain.
Human populations are now over 7 billion. However, our closest great ape relatives are on the brink of extinction.
Furthermore, Mountain Gorillas are confined to a tiny, cold, wet and misty area, 10,000 feet above sea level around the Ugandan, Rwandan and Democratic Republic of Congo borders.
Living alongside some of the highest human population densities with the lowest adult life spans and standards of living worldwide.
Ultimately, human poverty and civil unrest is their greatest threat.
Mountain gorillas face habitat loss from deforestation as the farming of land is expanded. Poacher’s snares set for other animals such as antelopes, diseases transmitted by humans, and poaching for the gorilla infant trade. All of which are all still major threats to gorilla populations.