We’ve moved one step closer to completely killing off our closest evolutionary cousins, with four of the six great ape species given the new conservation status.
The eastern gorilla has sadly been listed as ‘critically endangered’ on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s latest ‘red list’ of threatened species.
This is because the ape has suffered a 70% population collapse over the last two decades – mainly because of illegal hunting by humans.
‘Critically endangered’ is just one step away from extinction.
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