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Gorillas are the largest of the great apes and are found in only nine African countries.

Traditionally they have been regarded as one species with three sub species, but some scientists have recently proposed that the differences between the eastern and western populations are sufficient to regard them as separate species, each with sub-species.



Species Info

  • 1920s
    First systematic study of Gorillas
  • 1967
    Dian Fossey begins study at Kabara, Congo
  • 1977
    The gorilla, Digit, killed by poachers
  • 1978
    Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International founded
  • 2009
    UN Year of the Gorilla


Gorilla Distribution Map

Learn more about the Gorilla's habitat by watching Earth's Green Heart - Africa.

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