Wednesday, March 16, 2005

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS - Desperate plight of the great apes.

This ABC News Online Report discusses the plight of both the Mountain Gorilla and Orangutan.
Once an adviser to the film [Gorillas in the Mist], Ian Redmond is the United Nations' consultant on the push to save the great apes.
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[He] says in Rwanda and the Congo, an increasing threat to gorilla habitat is the unregulated mining of coltan, an ore which produces titanium for our mobile phones and computers.

'It's that world market for computers and PlayStations and that sort of thing which has led to, we fear, something like 70 per cent or 80 per cent of the eastern lowland gorilla population gone,' he said.