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>> It's one of the world's most endangered species. The wildlife authorities say the population of wild mountain gorillas has increased by a quarter since 2010, giving you hope to their conservation efforts. The latest census shows that over a thousand of the primates are now living in Central Africa.
And gorilla doctors say it's the result of a three-country efforts with the governments of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The primates have been under constant threat from poachers and have been hunted for bush meats and trophies sold abroad. Conservationists say their environment is also under threat.
Congo has invited oil companies to start drilling in Virunga, Africa's largest tropical rain forest reserve where more than half of the gorillas are located. The recent population boom will come as a relief to the three nations. Spotting wild mountain gorillas is a major source of tourist revenue, and the habitat supports other rare species in the region.