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Endangered Gorillas and Endangered Monkeys - Animals on the Verge of Extinction

Updated on July 2, 2011

Endangered Species

The list of endangered species is growing daily; the greater the population of human grows the greater the population of everybody else decreases. It's a terrible relationship, something which seems began thousands of years ago and has grown momentum ever since. We try to stop this building force, but usually just make it worse, build it stronger. Eventually we'll come to our senses, realize the importance of nature and of this great habitat we call Earth; but until then we'll continue to make it worse. The best thing to do is get the knowledge out there and hope enough people read it and understand it to make a momentum that will go the other way, a force that, perhaps, could be strong enough to defeat the other.

I think its best to being with species that are most like us. This way they will be easier to relate to; we will be able to see the effects of what we are doing first hand; maybe we will feel sympathetic about it, and, if we're lucky, empathetic about it. Right now there are many species of gorillas and monkeys that are on the verge of extinction. These endangered creatures live in zoos around world, long removed from the natural habitat of the wild. These endangered monkeys and gorillas living in confinement as a direct consequence of are actions on the world.

So - how did they get there?


A face like a human...
A face like a human...
They are so like us and, yet, we don't treat them as so.
They are so like us and, yet, we don't treat them as so.

Endangered Gorillas

Gorillas have the closest resemblance to a human being; in fact if you take a look at a phenomenological tree, you can see that they are only one branch a way, which, in evolutionary terms, is very, very close. By being so closely linked to us it makes it that much harder to watch their population dwindle; it has been suggested that only 50 000 gorillas remain in the African wild, with only about 2500 Eastern low land gorillas left, and only 50 mountain gorillas. In plain terms - the Gorilla is a very endangered species.

The reasons why there are endangered Gorillas is a large and long; it is such a list because of the variety and adaptability the Gorillas possess. They are like us in that they can find nutrients from many different foods, can live in many different regions, and even have social skills to bond together as small societies - all this makes them stronger and safer as a species. With this is mind it's very disheartening to learn that Gorillas are one of the most endangered species in the world; it means that we are doing something horribly wrong if we can force one of the most complex species to the verge of extinction. It's, without a doubt, a scary thought.

One of the major reasons of the endangerment of Gorillas is a massive amount of habitat destruction. Many Gorillas live in tropical rainforest's - in the outer rims of forests, in swamps, clearings and abandoned fields. Unfortunately tropical rain forests are one thing we like to destroy; thousands of acres of rain forest are being destroyed every day. You can do the math - if each acre is a Gorilla's home, then every day thousands of Gorilla homes are being destroyed. This habitat destruction forces them out of there homes and into new environments where, even though they have the capacity for huge adaptivity, many of them live shorter, crueler lives.

Gorillas have long been observed by the the masses as a creature which is big and powerful; cruel and mean. This, of course, is not the case. Gorillas are in fact kind and timid creatures, a polar opposite of what we are supposed to perceive them as. This distorted illusion leads to the next reason why Gorillas are becoming severely endangered: poaching. The fact is we love the allure of being king of everything, of being unparalleled masters of our domains; and this reason is why, perhaps, we find the need to hunt every creatures in our kingdom. Although some Gorillas are poached for meat, and fur reasons, many Gorillas used to be hunted for captivity reasons. Yearly Gorillas are hunted to be taken for captivity or breeding; remember when the circus was big? Thousands of Gorillas were captured for that reason alone, to be part of some complex circus act.

"They are like us!" they shouted. "For a price come see our brothers and sisters!"

Well now those brothers are sisters are on the verge of being wiped from existence entirely.


A baby Langur monkey.
A baby Langur monkey.
Endangered monkeys in Indonesia.
Endangered monkeys in Indonesia.


Many of the species of monkeys stated live in trees.  They forge their homes in the highest tree tops, swinging from vine to vine, a community of trees and community of monkeys.  Therefore the massive amount of deforestation we as humans have causes, is one of the main reasons why thousands upon thousands of monkeys have been killed.  If there is one reason why there are endangered monkeys in this world, it is because we are killing the forests. 

Endangered Monkeys

Monkeys have a bit more variety than Gorillas; if you looked at a phylogeny tree they would be one branch over from Gorillas, who are one branch over from us. The number of species of monkeys is also many times greater than the number of species of Gorillas. There are 262 unique species of monkeys roaming planet Earth compared to only 4 species of Gorilla. Although there may be variation in the variety of each family, there is one thing that remains true with both - they are both very endangered.

Half of the 262 species of monkey are endangered; of that half, 24 are critically endangered, with the chance of them becoming extinct in the wild imminent. Most of these critically endangered species live in South America, with the majority of these monkey species residing in Brazil. 40 threatened species of monkey live in Brazil with seven those being critically endangered. The numbers are continually decreasing and experts are stating that in the near future many of these monkey species will become extinct.

The ten most endangered monkey species in the world are:

  • Roloway Monkeys: Thought to already be extinct in Ghana and Ivory Coast, the Roloway monkeys were popular for poachers, one of the main reasons they have become severely endangered.
  • Red Colobus Monkey: The red colobus monkey live on Bioko Island in Africa's West Coast. Their population has declined by 40% in the last decade, the main reason being that a trade for their meat opened on the island early on in the decade.
  • Taner River Red Colobus Monkey: There is only one place on the planet where these monkeys live and it's a place which is becoming smaller and smaller. The lower region of Taner River in Kenya is this place,a mere 60 kilometer stretch. Less than a 1000 monkeys remain; this huge decrease is due to massive habitat destruction in the area.
  • Miss Waldron's Red Colobus Monkey: Thought to already be extinct, this species of monkey hasn't been seen alive for almost two decades.
  • Kipunji: A new species, the Kipunji live in mountain forests. A recent study found that there around only 1500 of the monkey left, living in a region of approximately 350 km. The hasty tree cutting in the region is the prime reason of these monkeys demise.
  • Simakobu: Living on an island cluster off the west coast of Sumatra, these tree-dwelling monkeys are on a fast decline.
  • Langurs: Found in the limestone mountains in Vietnam, these are some of the rarest monkeys in the world. They live in isolated groups, some more then ten individuals, and have declined in population by 20% in the last five years. New medicines and diseases in the area are the main reason for their death.
  • Colobine Monkeys: In Northern Vietnam a recently study found none of these monkeys; locals stated otherwise, saying they've seen at least a dozen.
  • Brown-Headed Spider Monkeys: Only a handful of these monkeys remain in two small areas of Ecuador; the major deforestation of the area has driven this species to extinction.


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      5 years ago

      The biggest issue is an issue I am putntig on the table now:Wresting control of environmental issues from the hands of politicians and big businesses. Then you will hear about and will be able to access all the environmental issues even when it isn't election time or when it isn't politically correct, or worst of all- when it isn't "newsworthy".I am not joking or making a statement this is true, the corporate/political/special interests are totally controlling what we know and can do about our planet- wake up!

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      5 years ago

      Thank you! I'm so tired of reading day after day "It's real!" "No it's not!" "Yes it is!" "Idiot!" "Moron!" Sheesh!There are so many isesus. What they all come down to is the impact of so many people living a lifestyle that consumes so many resources. I think we need to find ways to reduce our numbers and our impact on the planet or there's very little hope for our long-term survival. I hope we're smart enough to figure it out before it's too late.


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