Close-up showing the facial detail of a male mountain gorilla

Eastern Gorilla

Gorillas are the world's largest primate and for years they've been portrayed as fearsome and aggressive beasts. But gorillas are actually gentle giants that have strong family ties and live on a vegetarian diet. The eastern gorilla has three subspecies: the mountain gorilla, the Bwindi gorilla and the eastern lowland gorilla.

Scientific name: Gorilla beringei

Rank: Species

Common names:

  • Eastern Lowland Gorilla,
  • Mountain Gorilla

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Map showing the distribution of the Eastern Gorilla taxa

Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.

The Eastern Gorilla can be found in a number of locations including: Africa. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.


The following habitats are found across the Eastern Gorilla distribution range. Find out more about these environments, what it takes to live there and what else inhabits them.

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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web

Conservation Status


  1. EX - Extinct
  2. EW
  3. CR - Threatened
  4. EN - Threatened
  5. VU - Threatened
  6. NT
  7. LC - Least concern

Population trend: Decreasing

Year assessed: 2008

Classified by: IUCN 3.1

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