Gorillas are apes that live in the forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. They are divided into two species, the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas, which are both critically endangered. They are the largest living primates and their DNA is highly similar to that of humans. They display many human-like behaviors and emotions, such as laughter and sadness, and make their own tools. They live in family groups led by a dominant male. A female will give birth to only one baby every four to six years, and only three or four over her entire lifetime, which makes it difficult for gorillas to recover from population declines. Both gorilla species have been decreasing in numbers for decades, but have seen some increase in the recent years due to conservation efforts.

Scientific Name: Gorilla

Status: Critically Endangered

Estimated population: 100,000 - 200,000

Location: Congo

Habitat: Tropical forest

Status types

Critically endangered

Faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the immediate future.


Faces a high risk of extinction in the near future.


Faces a high risk of endangerment in the medium term.