There are only several hundred mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and about half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa.
These gorillas live on the green, volcanic slopes of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—areas that have seen much human violence from which the gorillas have not escaped unscathed.
Many conservation initiatives are meant to aid mountain gorillas, and it is believed that their numbers may be steady or slowly increasing. Still they continue to face major threats from habitat loss and poaching.
Common Name: Mountain Gorilla
Scientific Name: Gorilla beringei beringei
Group Name: Troop, band
Average life span in the wild: 35 years
Size: Standing height, 4 to 6 ft
Weight: 300 to 485 lbs
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