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Mountain Gorillas: Friends not Foes

by Victoria Quackenbush August 06, 2017

Mountain Gorillas: Friends not Foes

The Mountain Gorilla is an animal often overlooked when it comes to the animal kingdom. Unlike the cuddly pandas or cute monkeys these creatures will go unloved or uncared when it comes to conservation.

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Why are they called mountain gorillas?

 These gorillas live up to their namesake in that they call high mountains home. They're gentle giants, only eating plants and leaves. For this reason, they are vegetarians.

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A history of being hunted

 Mountain Gorillas don't pose a threat to anyone, yet they have a history of being  hunted and killed into critical levels of near extinction. Other threats to these Gorillas include: disease, unending war in Rwanda, habitat loss and poaching.

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Poachers do not hunt the mountain Gorillas specifically for their fur or pelt, but can find themselves entrapped in snares meant for smaller animals.

 Critically Endangered

The mountain gorilla is considered endangered: only 880 are left. Due to the remarkable conservation efforts, like those of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, the mountain gorilla population has grown from around 620 to 880 since 1989.

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Who does Gorilla Socks Help?

By purchasing a pair of quality Gorilla Socks, a portion of your purchase goes directly to the Dian Fossey Fund. These conservationists send out rangers into the wild everyday to ensure the safety of these gorillas. By buying a pair and subscribing to our blog, you can enjoy some stylish and confortable socks and feel good about helping the mountain gorilla.

                                                               



Victoria Quackenbush
Victoria Quackenbush

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