Known As: Western Lowland Gorilla.





Two subspecies exists:

Species: Eastern Lowland Gorilla
Scientific name:
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Population: Less than 3000
Conservation status: Endangered
Physical characteristics: Largest of gorilla sub species, longer arms than the mountain gorilla and shorter hair and teeth.

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Lowland gorillas may be found in the area of the Congo River basin in west-central Africa.
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Shelter and young: Western lowland gorillas build temporary leaf nests for shelter and display a high degree of intelligence. Young gorillas ride on their mothers’ backs for several years before achieving greater independence. Sexual maturity is not reached until the age of ten, and gorillas reproduce slowly, increasing their vulnerability to population pressures.

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Location: Western lowland gorilla populations are concentrated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Central African Republic, Angola, and Cameroon. These apes favour swamp forests, primary and secondary forests, and montane forests, making accurate estimates of their population very difficult, though it also puts some animals out of easy reach of poachers.

gorilla, the western lowland gorilla, is found at low altitudes in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea.
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Threats: Western lowland gorillas face a double-pronged threat today from the growth of nearby human populations. One factor threatening these splendid apes is loss of habitat as the thick jungle they depend on for food is cleared to make way for inefficient local agriculture. The other, more direct threat, is poaching, mostly for “bush meat”. Gorillas are considered a food source by many local people and many are shot for eating purposes. Due to heavy poaching, gorilla numbers have fallen by approximately 60% in the past two to three decades. Gorillas are also endangered by diseases, including the Ebola virus.

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The Aspinall Foundation works with the governments of the Republic of Congo and Gabon to reintroduce the Western Lowland Gorilla to the wild and combat poaching.

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Within these classifications are four subspecies including the Eastern Lowland Gorilla, Mountain Gorilla, Cross River Gorilla and Western Lowland Gorilla.

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Two subspecies exists:

Species: Western Lowland Gorilla
Scientific name:
Location: Democratic Republic of Congo
Population: 100,000
Conservation status: Critically Endangered
Physical characteristics: Males silverback colouring extends onto the thighs, also have redder hair on their heads.

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Conservation efforts: The western lowland gorilla is the focus of many well-organized conservation efforts, yet its future remains in severe doubt nevertheless. Wildlife management resources are being steadily developed to help conserve these apes. Other critical conservation drives involve quickly and effectively finding viable alternative protein sources for local communities to reduce poaching for bushmeat.