Cross River Gorilla
Population: 200 - 300 animals
Status: Critically Endangered
Population status: Decreasing
"This subspecies of the western gorilla is very similar in appearance to the more numerous western lowland gorilla, but subtle differences can be found in the skull and tooth dimensions. Cross River gorillas live in a region populated by many humans who have encroached upon the gorilla’s territory—clearing forests for timber and to create fields for agriculture and livestock. Poaching occurs in the forests as well, and the loss of even a few of these gorillas has a detrimental effect on such a small population. The small size of the Cross River Gorilla population and its constituent subpopulations means that this subspecies is potentially at risk from inbreeding and loss of genetic diversity."
I decided to dedicate this years inktober to endangered, enslaved or extinct animal species. In November I'll sell some of the originals to raise money for local animal shelters. ❤