We, the undersigned, are horrified by the killing of this threatened and rare animal.
With less than 300 of these apes remaining near the Cameroon-Nigeria border, the death of this one adult silverback is a huge loss, and the way in which the animal suffered, along with its death, is a terrible tragedy that should have been prevented.
The African Conservation Foundation says the migration of this gorilla is evidence “of the intense human pressure that the remaining gorillas in the Tofala forests are facing. This pressure includes very high forest conversion to farms and poaching.” It is further evidence that another sanctuary is needed immediately to ensure their protection.
We ask that the Government of Cameroon speed up the completion of the Tofala Hill Wildlife Sanctuary and do whatever else is necessary to stop the killing of this rare and critically endangered ape.
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