Mountain gorilla population increases! Maybe we aren’t going to hell!  »

Dead animals got you down? How about some good news! The population of mountain gorillas in eastern Africa has increased by 26 percent since 2003! Damn, gorillas! Get your freak on!

A census conducted by the International Gorilla Conservation Programme in collaboration with several other organizations reports that there are now 480 mountain gorillas in the Virunga Massif region of eastern Africa. That means there are 100 more gorillas alive today than in 2003, for a total of 786 mountain gorillas in the world!

All right, I’m depressed again. I didn’t realize that “critically endangered species” meant there were so few mountain gorillas! Less than 1,000? Jeez. And critically endangered is some serious shit. But let’s not get too depressed! They still managed to hugely increase their population in a remarkably short time. Threats to the mountain gorilla include poaching, habitat loss and even war. Head over to the World Wildlife Fund gorilla help page to see what you can do.

You know guys, mountain gorillas are herbivores, save for a bug here and there. And mountain gorillas are stronger than any old meat-eating human! If our close genetic relatives the gorillas can subsist on a plant-based diet, maybe it’s not so “natural” that people eat meat? I know bonobos are our closest relatives and they eat some animals but a mountain gorilla could totally destroy a bonobo! Why? Because vegans dominate!

[photo by mrflip]


Dick Van Dyke loves tigers! I love Dick Van Dyke! Mostly because he knows Mary Tyler Moore and she’s the most awesome ever (did you check out Broadway Barks?!).

The Dickster is now a tiger ambassador for the World Wildlife Fund. Dude, did you know there are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild? That’s like the size of a lame liberal arts college! That’s pathetic. 3,200. Holy cannoli. As you can see in the video above, Dick is promoting WWF’s text fundraiser:

By texting TIGERS to 20222, your $10 donation will help WWF save the tiger in its vast range – from India to China, to the Russian Far East. WWF will focus on anti-poaching efforts in critical tiger sites, building political will in tiger range countries, protecting and connecting tiger habitats on a massive scale, and clamping down on tiger trade.

I really love the this text-donation trend. It’s so easy! Which is perfect because I’m so lazy! And how super is that video? I love how the little boy starts going through puberty towards the end. Poor kid! It’s all downhill from here, buddy!

To refresh your memory, here’s the first episode of the Dike Van Dyke show:

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