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Gorilla Presentation

Dian Fossey, Mountain Gorillas and the Ethical Value of saving them
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Abigail Mitchell

on 26 November 2012

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Transcript of Gorilla Presentation

Dian Fossey & the Virunga Mountain Gorillas Dian Fossey spent thirteen year studying the Gorillas of the Virunga National Park Digit Kweli Coco and Pucker A typical Gorilla Group The Church Conservationists Poaching Wars Politics Deforestation & Disease Opposing Views She saw the numerous man imposed threats to the Mountain Gorillas including the killing of gorillas for their hands and heads. Dian Fossey was later murdered because of her advocacy for the great apes. Her murder remains unsolved but since her death the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Program has been founded to aid the survival of the dwindling gorilla population. Mountain Gorillas There are approximately 700 surviving mountain gorillas today.
They Live exclusively in the dormant Virunga Volcanoes and the Impenetrable forest in modern day Rwanda, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda. Gorillas share 98.6% of their DNA with Humans "Man...is their only true enemy" -Michael Cranfield and Linda Lowenstine "The Race to Save the Great Apes" Dian Fossey shows that relationship Poaching was a huge problem in the 1960s and 1970s


Poachers generally try to kill male silver back gorillas and take their heads and hands to sell to Europeans.

They also kidnap the infants to sell to zoos even though they rarely survive in captivity (No documented mountain gorillas are currently in captivity)

The hands were used as ashtrays throughout Europe and the US until Fossey through an aggressive advocacy campaign deemed them taboo.

Sometimes poaching is called for by the corrupt, warring governments as a political strategy There have been many wars in Recent Decades that have directly and indirectly affected the Apes. Rwandan Genocide 2 Congolese Civil Wars Infighting in Uganda named one of the most corrupted governments by the UN in 2007 Sometimes the Corrupted Governments are behind Gorilla poaching In 2006 a Congolese leader called for the killing of several Gorillas in order to discredit a Virunga National Park leader Because of the influx of people fleeing the conflict in the warring countries Deforestation has occurred int he Gorillas Habitat Diseases like Ebola Fever have broken out in the Gorilla population
It is spread by humans but affects Apes the same way
Uncovered Trash bins have caused exposure to damaging bacteria Disease is spread by domesticated animals believes that animals shouldn't suffer and die needlessly and they deserve our respect Believe people have priority when it comes to aid Believe that if the animals sacrifice benefits humans then it is justified. Believe that animals shouldn't suffer because of the cruelty and inhumanity of people Believe it is important to preserve all species due to their evolutionary and ecological importance more INFORMATION If you would like more information on this topic Savethegorillas.org Gorillas in the Mist Gorillas in the Mist the Movie Woman in the Mist gorillas Dian Fossey Savethegorillas.org
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