Western gorillas are easily distinguishable from their eastern cousins, since they are smaller and lighter-bodied. This allows them to be agile climbers and therefore excellent at gathering fruit. There are two subspecies of western gorilla: the widespread lowland gorilla and the rarer cross river gorilla. Both subspecies are sociable and live in groups. Sadly, gorilla numbers have plummeted in recent years, mainly through habitat loss, although between 1992 and 2007 the deadly ebola virus killed one third of the entire population.
Did you know?
Adult males are known as 'silverbacks' due to the silvery-white hair extending down their backs.
Scientific name: Gorilla gorilla
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
The Western 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 Western 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
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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