Good news. We need it.
Huge Population of Lowland Gorillas Found – A survey by scientists with the U.S.-based Wildlife Conservation Society tallied the sleeping nests that the great apes construct each night and came up with an estimate of 125,000 lowland gorillas in the forests of the Republic of Congo. By comparison, less than 1,000 mountain gorillas exist.
and more good news: Spain Gives Great Apes Legal Rights (On June 25 the Spanish Parliament’s environmental committee approved a resolution to grant legal rights to great apes, covering chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans. The resolution, expected to be enacted into law by June 2009, gives great apes the right to life and protects them from harmful research practices and exploitation for profit, such as use in films, commercials, and circuses.)
check out the full list of ‘top 100 stories of 2008′ by Discover Magazine (# 53 is quite odd)