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Critically Endangered Animals

Mountain Gorilla

  • Distribution: East Africa
  • Scientific name: Gorilla beringei beringei
  • Number of animals: About 1,000

Interesting Facts

Mountain gorillas live in eastern Africa, near the Virunga volcanoes and in the Bwindi Forest. In 1950, there were only a few hundred mountain gorillas left. Fortunately, the mountain gorillas were able to breed again, to about 1,000 animals (as of November 2023; no more recent data available). The population is so small that they're still considered threatened with extinction.

Threats to the Mountain Gorilla

  • Poaching
  • Loss of habitat
  • Illegal animal trade

Mountain Gorilla Mountain Gorilla - Photo: Photodynamic/Shutterstock


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