In honor of #worldgorilladay, I am also featuring The Eastern Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri)! It is also known as the Grauer's Gorilla. It is the largest of the 4 gorilla subspecies. It is estimated that there are only about 3,800 Eastern Lowland Gorillas left in the wild, making them critically endangered. You can distinguish them from other gorillas by its stocky body, large hands, and short muzzle. It is herbaceous, just like the other gorillas. They make their home in the lowland tropical rainforest areas of the DRC. They are hard to study in the wild, but many scientists believe they have declined by over 50% since the 1990s. Their populations have plummeted because of civil war, bushmeat, mining, logging with deforestation, and of course poaching, dead or alive. This has resulted in habitat loss and and fragmentation, decreasing their genetic pool. This makes it hard for populations to recover, especially since their typically have one child at a time. This subspecies (just like all gorillas) is now at serious risk of becoming extinct forever. (As far as I am aware) The only place in the world that (legally) holds an Eastern Lowland Gorilla is @zooantwerpen .
(Note: I don't claim ownership of the pictures used)
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