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Gorilla Population Up 14 Years After Genocide

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Gorilla Population Up 14 Years After Genocide

Gorilla Population Up 14 Years After Genocide

Gorilla Population Up 14 Years After Genocide

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One of the younger members of the gorilla community. Jake Warga hide caption

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Jake Warga

One of the younger members of the gorilla community.

Jake Warga

Gorilla Massacres

Watch a National Geographic video about gorilla massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The mountain gorilla is one of the world's most endangered species. During the Rwandan genocide in 1994, the gorillas' human security was gone so they were under threat of poachers. They also weren't having children.

The gorillas felt the stress the country was under. One theory holds they had become so habituated to people that when they stopped coming, they actually got depressed.

Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo have gotten together to help protect the gorillas. Today, there are 260 mountain gorillas inside Rwanda, and their numbers are increasing.