Gorillas are the largest of the primates and are close genetic relatives of chimpanzees and humans.
Gorillas are ground dwellers that are found mostly in the tropical forests of Africa. There are two gorilla species (Gorilla gorilla and Gorilla beringei) and four subspecies, all of which endangered in the wild.
The western lowland gorilla can be found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea.
They often have redder and greyer fur than their eastern relatives.
Though they are more numerous than the other subspecies, they are listed as critically endangered because of threats from habitat destruction, human encroachment, hunting for bushmeat and the spread of the Ebola virus. Less «