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14 Critically Endangered Animals

Mountain Gorilla

  • Distribution: East Africa
  • Scientific name: Gorilla beringei beringei
  • Number of animals: about 600

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. But more recent counts show that the number is going down again. There are currently about 600 animals (as of 2018; 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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