mountain gorilla

The mountain gorilla lives high up in the forests of east central Africa. These gentle giants of the African forests have shorter arms and legs than other gorilla species and thicker coats of hair that help keep them warm during cold mountain nights. Many have lost their lives due to illegal hunting and habitat destruction.

Scientific name: Gorilla beringei beringei
Size: 5 to 6 feet tall Weight: 300 to 450 pounds
Diet: vegetarian diet of leaves and plants
Habitat: the mountain forests of Rwanda, Zaire, and Uganda in Africa
Characteristics: thick black hair for warmth; largest living primates in the world
Threats: hunting, poaching, and habitat destruction

Image credits: main image: courtesy of AMNH Department of Library Services #1636.