Monday, June 5, 2006

Poverty Bigger Threat To Gorillas Than Technology

ATLANTA (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It’s not easy living for anyone in Rwanda these days, but one species that’s getting all the help humans can give seems to be the war-torn African country’s gorillas.

That’s according to Clare Richardson, president and CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

She recently served as a consultant for the upcoming Animal Planet special Gorillas Revisited with Sigourney Weaver and says the show wasn’t as hard – or even as dangerous – as some might think.

In fact, she says human poverty is a bigger threat to animals than technology.

As she puts it, “It was the environment and the terrain that posed the biggest challenge to Sigourney and the filmmakers.”

She added: “But, as always, poverty threatens even the basics in a country like Rwanda – just getting clean water and electricity is what these people need.”

Richardson admits that, thanks to the tourism the gorillas attract, the Rwandan government goes to great lengths to protect the species.

Gorillas Revisited airs June 11 on Animal Planet.

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