How endangered are gorilla species?

Jillian Miller, Executive Director of The Gorilla Organization, says that while gorillas could easily hurt a person, they are are unlikely to do so because they are not predators.

There has been some criticism to the killing of a western lowland gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo in the United States, after a 4 year old boy fell into its enclosure.

Miller says that this incident is a tragedy to everyone.

Speaking to #NightTalk's Sizwe Dhlomo, Miller described the endangerment of gorilla species.

Listen to the conversation below:

It’s a tragedy for everyone involved. I’m sure the keepers and everyone at the zoo loved the gorilla

Jillian Miller, Executive Director of The Gorilla Organization

They (gorillas) could easily hurt a human, but we must remember we are not spooned for them. Gorillas are herbivores. They don’t eat meat, they are not predators. They are also family animals, they live in close families

Jillian Miller, Executive Director of The Gorilla Organization

There are fewer than 1000 mountain gorillas remaining.

Jillian Miller, Executive Director of The Gorilla Organization

There are more western gorillas left. But they are also critically endangered because their habitat is being destroyed... their threats are increasing

Jillian Miller, Executive Director of The Gorilla Organization
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