29 Apr '16, 5pm

War and poverty are eating away at Grauer's gorillas

War and poverty are eating away at Grauer's gorillas

An infant Grauer's gorilla rides on the back of an adult. Photo: A.J.Plumptre/WCS Would you eat a gorilla? Probably not. Probably the thought has never even crossed your mind. But for people living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, eating bushmeat may be the least difficult decision they make on a daily basis. Warfare has plagued this part of central Africa for decades. And with few ways to earn a living or feed a family in remote areas of the DRC, many people rely on working in illegal mines, which are often operated by armed militia groups. The mining takes place deep in the forest, so workers can’t exactly pack a lunch. Surviving requires finding nourishment where they can—and that means eating porcupines, Gambian rats, duikers, chimps, and Grauer’s gorillas. A gold miner working in eastern DRC. Photo: A.J.Plumptre/WCS Weighing up to 400 pounds, the Grauer’s gorilla ...

Full article: https://www.nrdc.org/onearth/war-and-poverty-are-eating-a...

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