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Learning & Fun

We invite you to learn more here about the mighty, charismatic, and whimsical animal that Dian Fossey introduced to the world and risked her life to save: the magnificent gorilla.

Types of Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas

Mountain Gorillas

Conservation Status

Endangered
1004 remain

Where they Live

Rwanda, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo

Interesting Fact

Made famous by Dian Fossey; featured in the movie Gorillas in the Mist

Grauer's Gorillas

Grauer's Gorillas

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered
Around 3,800 remain

Where they Live

Democratic Republic of Congo

Interesting Fact

May be most threatened of all the subspecies — has declined by ~75% in the past two decades

Western Lowland Gorillas

Western Lowland Gorillas

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered
Around 400,000 remain

Where they Live

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon

Interesting Fact

Only gorilla subspecies found in zoos

Cross River Gorillas

Cross River Gorillas

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered
Around 300 remain

Where they Live

Cameroon, Nigeria

Interesting Fact

Because so few are left and only in remote areas, this subspecies is mostly exclusively observed in camera trap images

Track Our Gorillas

The Fossey Fund closely tracks and records all areas where gorilla groups travel because information about their ranging patterns is crucial to their protection and conservation, both now and in the future.

Gorilla Family Trees

Gorillas live in groups with many related individuals. We track all births and matriarchal lines. We use DNA testing to determine paternity because adult females can mate with more than one male.

Which Gorilla
Personality Are You?

The Fossey Fund has studied gorilla individuals and groups up close for so long that we know a lot about gorillas personalities! They have a wide range of behaviors, just like us.

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