Before she died in 1985, Dian Fossey predicted the species could go extinct by 2000.
Numbers have risen from 680 a decade ago to just over 1,000 today
“[The] Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature [has] changed the status of mountain gorillas from “critically endangered” to “endangered,” an improved if still-fragile designation, reflecting new survey data.
“It wouldn’t have happened without an intervention some biologists call “extreme conservation,” which has entailed monitoring every single gorilla in the rainforest, periodically giving them veterinary care — to clean infected wounds, for instance — and funding forest protection by sending money into communities that might otherwise resent not being able to convert the woods into cropland.”
Nice article includes reporting about funding, tourism, local jobs, veterinary care.