The conservation status on Mountain Gorillas includes the current approximation of 786 mountain gorillas surviving in the wild. Since the discovery of the Mountain Gorilla, about 100 years ago, this subspecies of gorilla has endured uncontrolled hunting, war, disease, destruction of their forest habitat, and capture of the animal for the illegal pet trade. These unethical activities led to a dramatic decrease in the world Mountain Gorilla population to the point where extinction became a possibility. Subsequently conservation initiatives have been implemented to ensure the increase in Mountain Gorilla numbers.
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