Helpless. The Cross River Gorilla is becoming extinct and there is nothing the gorillas can do about it. It is up to the human race, to do their part.
Within the past 30 years, there has been a decrease in Cross River Gorillas. Some believe that the reason could be because of the amount of deforestation in the world. According to Scientific American, as of 2012, Cross River Gorillas are the rarest of the four main gorilla subspecies.
“As the forest where they have always lived begins to disappear, there is nothing left to sustain them,” said John Dungan, a believer that mankind is to blame for the decrease.
The thought that humans are to blame is common. To some it doesn’t make sense. Some don’t understand why they don’t fix their ways to save an endangered species. For others, it could seem difficult to help because of distance or the feeling that their choices have no impact.
“The problem is that too many people are too busy just living their lives, and most people live on the other side of the world from where these animals are threatened. In addition, since we have threatened our planet in so many other ways, it is very difficult to persuade people just towards this one thing. Since we have not yet stopped polluting, and are not yet united in bringing climate change under control, there is little interest in changing our ways just to save one more endangered species,” Dungan said.
On the other hand, Andrew Garcia, volunteer at the Dallas Zoo, believes that humans lack the knowledge and understanding of how important protecting and respecting nature is.
“If the government becomes more involved, and enacts laws that protect gorillas, then the chance of survival might begin to increase,” Garcia said.
There is a small chance of redemption for the gorillas. For the most part, it relies on the human race as a whole. A single person can’t cause the gorillas to become completely extinct and a single person can’t save the whole species by themself.
The gorillas are a key in the ecosystem of Nigeria.
“There is a legend on the continent of Africa of how the Cross River Gorillas will impact the human race’s future,” Garcia said. It is believed in the African culture that gorillas will have a great and notable increase. The amount of deforestation will be understood by the world causing an increase in the Cross River Gorilla and the amount of forest.