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Reading: Climate Change and Mountain Gorillas of Central Africa


A case study titled ‘Mountain gorillas in the Virunga mountains face new threats as their habitat changes’ from ‘Wildlife in a Changing Climate’. This case study describes threats to mountain gorillas that live in the Virunga Volcanoes Conservation Area of Central Africa due to climate-change induced shifts in vegetation. It also describes a brief history of conservation efforts of mountain gorillas as well as the current threats to their habitat.

Students will learn about how climate change is affecting the habitat of endemic flora and fauna in the reserve. They will also learn about mountain gorilla conservation in the midst of civil war, habitat degradation, and poaching.

Use this tool to help your students find answers to:

  1. What are the threats that the mountain gorillas of Central Africa face due to climate change?
  2. Briefly discuss how the mountain gorilla of Central Africa is a conservation success story.
About Tool
Tool Name Box 5: Mountain gorillas in the Virunga mountains face new threats as their habitat changes from Wildlife in a changing climate
Discipline Biological Sciences
Topic(s) in Discipline Biodiversity, Biogeography, Conservation, Vegetation Shift, Mountain Gorilla, Habitat
Climate Topic Climate and the Biosphere
Type of tool Reading
Grade Level Undergraduate, Graduate
Location Africa, Uganda
Language English
Translation      –
Developed by Tetra Tech ARD U.S.
Hosted at Climatelinks of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Access Online/ Offline
Computer Skills Basic

Mapped Sustainable Development Goal(s), apart from 4 and 13


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