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Gorilla Habitats

Grauer's Gorilla

  • Status: Cri5cally Endangered

  • Popula5on: Less than 4,000

    Grauer’s gorilla, also known as the eastern lowland gorilla, is found the Democra5c Republic of Congo (DRC). Today, this subspecies is to the primary tropical forest of eastern DRC – most notably in Biega and Maiko Na5onal Parks, but a substan5al por5on of its falls outside these areas in the vast, yet legally unprotected forest separates them.

only in confined Kahuzi- habitat that

A 2016 report by Fauna & Flora Interna5onal (FFI), the Wildlife
Conserva5on Society and other partners documented an alarming
Grauer’s gorilla numbers, from an es5mated 17,000 in 1995 to just 3,800 individuals. A recent follow-up study has led to this es5mate being revised upwards to 6,800, but this is s5ll less than half the number recorded a quarter of a century earlier.


Mountain Gorilla

  • Status: Cri5cally Endangered

  • Popula5on: less than 1,000

    As their name implies, mountain gorillas live in forests high in the mountains, at eleva5ons of 8,000 to 13,000 feet. They have thicker more of it, compared to other great apes. The fur helps them to
    in a habitat where temperatures oMen drop below freezing. But as have moved more and more into the gorillas’ territory, the gorillas been pushed farther up into the mountains for longer periods, them to endure dangerous and some5mes deadly condi5ons.

fur, and survive humans have forcing

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What might have been a bleak outlook for the subspecies just a couple of decades ago has brightened in recent years due to conserva5on efforts. Despite ongoing civil conflict, poaching and an encroaching human popula5on, both popula5ons of mountain gorillas have increased in numbers. -WWF

Western Lowland Gorilla

  • Status: Cri5cally Endangered

  • Popula5on: 316,000

    The western lowland gorilla is the most numerous and widespread gorilla subspecies. Popula5ons can be found in Cameroon, the African Republic, the Democra5c Republic of Congo and Equatorial as well as in large areas in Gabon and the Republic of Congo. The number of western lowland gorillas is not known because they some of the most dense and remote rainforests in Africa. Significant popula5ons s5ll exist, including in isolated swamps and the remote forests of the Republic of Congo


Cross River Gorilla

  • Status: Cri5cally Engangered

  • Popula5on: less than 300

of all Central Guinea exact inhabit


The rarest species of great ape in the world, Cross River gorillas are similar in appearance to western lowland gorillas, but have a different shaped skull. They tend to have redder or greyer fur than eastern gorillas.

Cross River gorillas were thought to be ex5nct following the 1960s civil war in Nigeria. However, sigh5ngs were recorded during the 1980s, and small numbers of the sub-species were rediscovered in Cameroon and Nigeria on the banks of the Cross River.


Opera3ons of our gorilla conserva3on partners.

• The Karisoke Research Center is a program of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, with more than 100 expert gorilla trackers protec5ng about half of Rwanda’s mountain gorilla families every day. It is located in Ruhengeri, Rwanda.


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GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilita5on and Educa5on Center) is located in Mukula, Congo-Kinshasa. GRACE provides care for rescued Grauer’s gorillas and works alongside Congolese communi5es to promote the conserva5on of wild gorillas and their habitat.


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Mbeli Bai Study. The Mbeli Bai is located in Nouabalé-Ndoki Na5onal Park in the Republic of Congo. The Cincinna5 Zoo provides funds to support the Mbeli Bai Study. It is the longest-running field study of western lowland gorillas in the wild.

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  • Coltan is an ore found in stream beds throughout the DRC and Rwanda. It is refined into Tantalum which coats the capacitors (baQeries basically) inside of cell phones and enables them to be energy efficient.

  • Cassiterite conducts electricity and is used in Liquid crystal displays and circuit board solder.

  • Cobalt is an essen5al component for lithium-ion baQeries; it ensures that cathodes are not overheated and plays an important role in extending baQery life in cell phones.

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