The WWF highlights a number of animals that are particularly vulnerable to climate change, including orangutans and gorillas.’
Here’s a conservation success story! Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra has worked hard protect the wildlife in Sumatra. His efforts include petitioning the government and local police to enforce conservation laws, shut down illegal palm oil plantations, and establish a wildlife corridor through land previously cleared for palm oil cultivation. He is being awarded with the Goldman Prize, which recognizes environmental activism, and will be putting the prize money toward further conservation efforts.
This article discusses the possibility of revenue from gorilla tourism on the DRC side of the Virungas to bring stability to this region. However, they have what they refer to as “a Congolese Catch-22.” It’s hard to attract investment and tourists without peace and stability. But they development of tourist infrastucture could serve as a major economic incentive that could foster stability.
It’s definitely an interesting read, and includes an interview with Emmanuel de Merode (the director who was recently shot).