Endangered animals: Mountain Gorilla

Endangered animals: Mountain Gorilla

By Nature Lover | Endangered animals | 1 Apr 2019


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Gorillas form communities of up to 30 individuals. Are led by one dominant, older adult male, often called a Silverback. They eat fruit, roots, shoots, and tree pulp and bark. About half of mountain gorillas live in the forests of the Virunga mountain in central Africa.

 

STATUS: Critically Endangered

POPULATION: more than 1 000

CURRENT POPULATION TREND: Unknown

BIGGEST THREATS:

  • habitat loss
  • disease
  • charcoal making
  • poaching
  • war

 

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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Gorilla beringei beringei

WEIGHT: 300 to 485 pounds

LENGHT: 4 - 6 feet

 

THE GORILLA FAMILY:

  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Cross River Gorilla
  • Western Lowland Gorilla
  • Eastern Lowland Gorilla

 

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Only several hundred mountain gorillas are remaining on Earth!

 

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