By Erica Bulman THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GENEVA – The most common type of gorilla is now “critically endangered,” one step away from global extinction, according to the 2007 Red List of Threatened Species released Wednesday by the World Conservation Union. The Ebola virus is depleting western gorilla populations to a point where it might become impossible for them to recover. Commercial hunting, civil unrest and habitat loss due to logging and forest clearance for palm oil plantations are compounding the problem, said the Swiss-based group known by its acronym IUCN. “Great apes are our closest living relatives and very special creatures,” said Russ Mittermeier, head of IUCN’s Primate Specialist Group. “We could fit all the remaining great apes in the world into two or three large football stadiums. There just aren’t very many left.” In all, 16,306 species are threatened with extinction, 188 more than last year, IUCN said. A quarter of mammals are in jeopardy, as are one-eighth of birds, a third of all amphibians and seven-tenths percent of the plants that have been studied. “Life on Earth is disappearing fast and will continue to do so unless urgent action is taken,” the IUCN warned. The western gorilla’s main subspecies – the western lowland gorilla – has been decimated by the Ebola virus, which has wiped out about a third of the gorillas found in protected areas over the past 15 years. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AS HE headed off into the evening, Niall O’Donnell couldn’t but ponder on one that got away for St Eunan’s.O’Donnell hit seven points as St Eunan’s were pipped to a place in the Donegal SFC final by Naomh Conaill as Eoghan McGettigan’s last-minute point won the semi-final for the Glenties men.“We came in this year and we knew we hadn’t fulfilled our potential,” O’Donnell told Donegal Daily/Donegal Sport Hub after a 0-15 to 1-11 defeat. “This year was looking well and we had a lot of confidence. We felt the pressure was lifted off us when we got out of the group. We left it behind us there.”That sinking feeling perhaps worsened as St Eunan’s reflected on a second-half that looked to be theirs when Eoghan McGettigan finished for a goal on 42 minutes.But Naomh Conaill didn’t panic, stayed on programme and, finally, got over the line.O’Donnell sighed: “The last ten minutes, AJ (Gallagher) got a turnover on me and they went up for a score. That was a kick to the stomach for us. We just struggled in the last five minutes or so. “We’re devastated to be honest.”Listen to the full interview below …Listen: ‘We left it behind us’ – Niall O’Donnell was last modified: October 6th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2019 Donegal SFCEoghan McGettiganEoin McGeehanGlentiesletterkennyNaomh ConaillNiall O’DonnellSt Eunans