The ENDANGERED SPECIES
During the Journey to Nature’s Edge, travellers will have the opportunity to encounter 18 species, endangered by a variety of factors including habitat loss, poaching and even climate change.
1. Northern white rhino, Kenya
The northern white rhino is sometimes referred to as the northern square-lipped rhinoceros which denotes the difference between its pointed lipped cousins. Like the black rhino, the northern white rhino is under threat from poachers and the species numbers are reported to be as low as single digits in both captivity and the wild.
2. MOUNTAIN GORILLA, RWANDA
Mountain gorilla’s inhabit Africa’s volcanic slopes and live in groups, led by a single male referred to as the silverback due to the silver stripe they develop on their back at maturity. This species has become endangered due to a wide variety of factors; their close genetic relationship to humans make them sought after medical research subjects, their body parts are sold collectors and baby gorillas are sold illegally as pets. Conservation efforts are often impacted by pockets of civil strife in their region.