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Amena Haidar Sweating under all that fur? Gorillas The majority of gorillas are found in central Africa, where we also find most of our tropical rain forests. Climate change has affected species all over the world, but the global warming is what
really is hurting the gorillas in Africa. United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization shows how higher temperatures, the rise in sea levels, deforestation and too much land use have
damaged the habitats of this specie. The continent that will suffer the most, with regards to global warming, is Africa. Since billions of industrial waste goes into the Earth's atmosphere every 12 months, it traps the sun's heat (too much of it), and this causes very serious climate changes around the world; especially Africa! Global Warming Gorillas are the biggest primates in the world. A male gorilla can grow to be 1.8 metres tall and weigh up to 200 kilograms, females are shorter
and lighter than the males. The average gorilla has black or brown hair and when male gorillas are about 10 years old, the hair on the lower
part of their backs turns silver, and then they are known as silverbacks. Gorillas are actually shy, friendly animals despite their appearance. A gorilla will
not attack unless it is provoked or it feels afraid. When a gorilla wants to frighten a predator it stands up on its legs and slaps its hands against its chest.
Gorillas live in groups of up to 30. One adult male silverback leads the group. He decides when it is time for the group to get up in the morning, where
to wander in the forest, and when it is time to rest. Gorillas The most affected areas include mountains, isolated islands and coastal areas, making it difficult for the animals to migrate elsewhere and create new habitats.
Climate change is pushing the vegetation these gorillas eat further up the mountains, where temperatures are cooler. Climate Change Sadly, the climate change in the tropical rain forests is decreasing the biodiversity for the gorillas. Because of the rising temperatures and sea levels the vegetation and animals in the environment of the gorillas have disappeared or dispersed. The vegetation having moved to cooler areas and animals having fled to find food. unfortunately, leaving the gorillas to migrate. Biodiversity Organizations, such as United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and The Gorilla Organization are trying to focus more on restoration
of damaged ecosystems, having put most of the attention on biodiversity conservation. The Gorilla Organization focusing more on fund
raising for the cause and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization focusing more on the research of the problem. HELP! Refrences 3 news (2011, december 05 ). Gorillas threatened by climate change . Retrieved from http://www.3news.co.nz/Gorillas-threatened-by-climate-change---UN/tabid/1160/articleID/235271/Default.aspx
Ian Redmond (2012, march 12). wild life in a changing climate . Retrieved from http://www.fao.org/forestry/30143-0bb7fb87ece780936a2f55130c87caf46.pdf
wikepedia (2012, september 03 ). Gorilla . Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gorilla
John Martin (2012 ). Eastern gorilla . Retrieved from http://www.conservation.org/learn/biodiversity/species/profiles/gorillas/Pages/gorillas.aspx
Tuver Wundi. (August 17th 2012). Being a gorilla for a day . Retrieved from http://gorilla.wildlifedirect.org/
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