A discovery of 125,000 lowland gorillas in the Congo basin changes population estimates of the critically endangered species, although threats from poachers and little funding for staff and operations present ongoing challenges. The Wildlife Conservation Society's president discusses the difficulties ahead.
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After combing 18,000 square miles of forests and isolated swamps, researchers have found some 125,000 western lowland gorillas in the northern part of the Republic of Congo.
Until now, scientists believed there were only about 50,000 of these endangered gorillas left, their numbers devastated by hunting and disease.
But the new survey by the Wildlife Conservation Society reveal that more than double that number are swinging, eating, and thriving in this one remote, swampy region of central Africa.
And here to tell us more about this remarkable finding is Steven Sanderson. He's the president and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Steven Sanderson, first of all, introduce us to the western lowland gorilla. Who are they? What do they look like?