Gorilla; Gorille (Fr); Gorila (Sp)
Tropical and subtropical forests in Central Africa
Western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla spp), eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei spp)
Endangered to Critically Endangered, depending on the subspecies
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Population & distributionMany gorilla populations have declined or completely disappeared over the past few decades.
The lowland subspecies are more numerous and widespread than the upland and mountain subspecies. Mountain gorillas are the only gorillas to show an increase in numbers, but the overall population size is still very low.
- The western lowland gorilla is the most widespread, possibly numbering 100,000.
- The Cross River gorilla is currently the world’s rarest great ape, with a population of only around 250-300 restricted to a small area of highland forest on the border of Cameroon and Nigeria.
- The population of the eastern lowland gorilla has crashed in recent decades and is now under 4,000.
- The total population of mountain gorillas is around 880 individuals, split into two separate groups.
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