ThreatsRain Forest

Rain Forest

Gorillas can only live in rain forest. Wherever the rain forest has been destroyed, the gorillas have disappeared.

What are the causes of the destruction of the rain forest?

  • Bwindi Forest (© Christoph Lübbert)
  • Deforestation (© Tamar Ron)

As human populations grow in numbers, they require ever more space for agriculture. A lot of forest is lost in this way, particularly in densely populated regions. However, the economic exploitation of resources also destroys forest. Although logging companies are usually interested in only a few trees, the roads they construct while extracting the timber make remote forests accessible for settlers. Forest is also lost during the mining of minerals. In addition, ever larger areas are clear-felled for the cultivation of plants that play a major role in the global economy, such as oil palms.

A Brief Update on the Proposed Superhighway in Cross River State

July 2017

In March 2016 the Federal Ministry of the Environment issued Cross River State a stop work order pending approval of an environmental impact...[details]

African Tropical Forests Are under Stress

January 2016

Tropical deforestation is well known to have serious negative consequences for biodiversity, terrestrial carbon sinks and the balance of atmospheric...[details]

Trees around Tshiaberimu

December 2014

In 2008, a cry for help came from the Mount Tshiaberimu area due to a rush of people cutting wood and producing charcoal. The profitability of this...[details]

Oil Palm Plantations in Africa

January 2014

The oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) has its origin in West Africa. Palm oil is a common cooking ingredient in equatorial Africa, Southeast Asia and...[details]

Bushmeat Hunting Changes African Rainforests

January 2014

Hunting often devastates populations of large mammals, and this may have impact on other animal and plant communities. In two recent studies (Effiom...[details]

The Bambidie Gorillas

January 2013

Female and offspring in the bai

The Bambidie Gorilla Project (BGP), founded in 2008, aims to preserve a population of western lowland go­ril­las, between the villages of...[details]

Planting Trees for Gorilla Conservation

January 2012

Schüler in der Baumschule (© Augustin Rwimo)

The population of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo depends on charcoal for cooking. To obtain it, they cut large areas of forest, even in...[details]

Bushmeat Investigation Trip

December 2009

Logging concessions around the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park (© Angela Meder)

Republic of Congo: in March 2009 I made a tour of the various markets in Ouesso, and for the first time realized the real ubiquity of bushmeat in...[details]

A GIS Habitat Map for the Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary, Cameroon

December 2008

Kagwene monitoring (© Ymke Warren)

The Cross River gorilla is the most endangered of all great ape taxa, and its rare and increasingly fragmented populations continue to be threatened...[details]