Gorillas are our closest living relatives after chimpanzees and bonobos. The two gorilla species, western and eastern gorillas, live in equatorial Africa, separated by about 900km of Congo Basin forest. Each has a lowland and upland subspecies. All four subspecies (western lowland, cross river, eastern lowland and mountain) are either Endangered or Critically Endangered, threatened by hunting for bushmeat, habitat loss, wildlife trade, and infectious diseases.
I should've became a primatologist. I love gorillas
Gorillas in Africa's Virunga Mountains are increasing in numbers with the help of a UC Davis program that looks after people as well as the endangered apes.
The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of a human, from 95-99% depending on what is counted. They are the next closest living relatives to humans after the two chimpanzee species, with all of the Hominidae having diverged from a common ancestor about 7 million years ago.
I love gorillas! I think they are majestic
Gorillas are some of the most powerful and striking animals, not only for their size and force, but also for their gentle human like behavior. They play a crucial role in local biodiversity, roaming through large territories and helping, for example, to spread the seeds of the fruit they consume.