Gorillas are one of our closest relatives! Despite the fact that their populations are dwindling and they have been recognized as Endangered Species by the IUCN, very few people know about gorillas and what should be done to protect these great brothers of ours! My Gorillas.com offers you all the information you need to know about gorillas, the different species, countries where they are found, gorilla conservation and more.
Closely linked to humans by DNA, gorillas (family Hominidae) are one of the four species of great apes endemic to the African continent. Gorillas are the closest living relatives of humans – the other three are chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans. The great apes are different from monkeys for a variety of reasons: they are larger, walk upright for a longer period of time, don’t have tails and have much larger, more developed brains.
There are 4 widely recognized gorilla subspecies in two species; the Eastern and Western Gorilla. Here you will find a closer description for each with detailed information about their habitats, ecology and behaviour as well as the threats they face.
- The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) This belongs to the eastern gorilla species, which also includes the Eastern Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri).
- The Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) – A recently recognized subspecies of Western Gorilla living in the northern Cameroon-Nigerian border area.
- The Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
- Eastern Lowland Gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) have been, and still are, severely affected by human activity, particularly since the 1990s when instability in their area of distribution escalated into civil war, and violence, human tragedy and economic disintegration overshadowed gorilla conservation.
Where do Gorillas Live?
Gorillas are found in two widely separated areas of Africa. The western and eastern populations were probably originally separated first by the massive inland Congo basin lake of the Miocene, and then, from about 5 million years ago, by the gradual drying of the region and the retreat of forest to higher areas. Subsequently, gorillas have not spread back into the central Congo basin, either because they have not had time, or because the heavily shaded primary forest there does not allow the growth of sufficient ground vegetation to support such a large, predominantly terrestrial animal (MacDonald ed., 2001).
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A picture speaks a thousand words but will never come close to the sheer exhilaration of seeing a gorilla in the wild. Imagine trekking through lush-green forest, serenaded by nature’s orchestra of scintillating bird calls, monkey hoots and the occasional elephant trumpet. Your tracker beats a path through the dense foliage and silver mist swirl, when suddenly there they are…Gorillas! It’s a moment you’ll never forget.
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Learn all about gorillas:
- Gorilla Species – How they’re classified,
- Gorilla Habitat – Where they live,
- Life of the Gorillas – how they live, feeding habits, mating habits, community life and so much more.
Gorilla Films – Check out a select assortment of fascinating gorilla films as well as other primates.
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Gorilla Books – Read the inspiring true story about the woman who started it all–Dian Fossey–How she brought the plight of the gorilla to the attention of the world. Also introduce your kids to these magnificent creatures through fun and informative gorilla books designed just for kids. If you want to read up about gorillas then look no further…check out the wide selection of gorilla books we have here at MyGorillas.com
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By the end of the 1980’s the world population of mountain gorillas was on the verge of extinction. In 2004 a census report (the first since 1989) revealed that in the Virunga mountain region the gorilla population had increased by 17%. This has to count as one of the great conservation success stories.
However this does not mean that the survival of gorillas is yet assured. The mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is perhaps the best known sub-species of gorilla due to Dian Fossey’s tremendous efforts to save them. However there’re several other sub-species of gorilla…and-in-fact, currently the most endangered gorilla is the sub-species Gorilla gorilla diehli found in Cross River State, on the Nigeria–Cameroon border. It is estimated that there’re perhaps less than 250 Cross River Gorillas remaining in the world. To read more about gorilla conservation efforts and to see how you can help click on any Gorilla Conservation link.
Gorillas in Zoos – Nearly all the gorillas in captivity are western gorillas–mountain gorillas for some reason don’t survive in captivity. Although some people view zoos as another form of cruelty to animals…nothing could be further from the truth. Not only do zoos play a significant role in educating the public about animals, they’re also a means by which endangered species can be preserved. What is more, for the most part the majority of zoo animals are very well treated. Testament to this, is the well-known fact that animals in zoos tend to outlive their wilder counterparts.