GORILLAS

The gorilla genus, Gorilla, includes two species and four subspecies.

EASTERN GORILLAS

Genus: Gorilla beringei

Gorilla beringei graueri

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Grauer’s gorilla, formerly known as the eastern lowland gorilla, is found only in the lowland tropical rainforests of eastern Democratic Republic of Congo in Central Africa. One of two subspecies of the eastern gorilla (the mountain gorilla is the other), Grauer’s gorilla is Earth’s largest primate. The habitat of this magnificent…

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Gorilla beringei beringei

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

More than half the population of our world’s mountain gorillas (604 individuals) resides high in the lush, dense cloud forests of the Virunga Mountains, a dormant volcanic range in central Africa that spans the borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The remainder of this population (400…

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WESTERN GORILLAS

Genus: Gorilla gorilla

Gorilla gorilla diehli

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

Cross River gorillas are the rarest of all great apes and were unknown to science until the early 20th century. They were forgotten, then “rediscovered” after scientists had believed the gorillas had become extinct. Classified as one of two subspecies of western gorilla (the western lowland gorilla being the other), Cross…

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Gorilla gorilla gorilla

CONSERVATION STATUS: CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

The western lowland gorilla is one of two subspecies of western gorilla (the rare Cross River gorilla being the other) and is the most widespread of all gorillas, inhabiting the dense and remote tropical rainforests of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon…

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