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Wastren gorilla
(Gorilla gorilla)
Scientific classification e
Kinrick: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Cless: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Faimily: Hominidae
Tribe: Gorillini
Genus: Gorilla
I. Geoffroy, 1852
Teep species
Gorilla gorilla
Savage, 1847

Gorilla gorilla
Gorilla beringei

Distribution o gorillas
  • Pseudogorilla Elliot, 1913

Gorillas are ground-dwellin, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhaibit the forests o central Africae. The eponymous genus Gorilla is dividit intae twa species: the eastren gorillas an the wastren gorillas (baith creetically endangered), an either fower or five subspecies. Thay are the lairgest livin primates. The DNA o gorillas is heichly seemilar tae that o humans, frae 95–99% dependin on what is coontit, an thay are the next closest livin relatives tae humans efter the chimpanzees an bonobos.

Gorillas' naitural haibitats cover tropical or subtropical forests in Africae. Awtho thair range covers a smaw percentage o Africae, gorillas cover a wide range o elevations. The moontain gorilla inhaibits the Albertine Rift montane clood forests o the Virunga Volcanoes, rangin in altitude frae 2,200–4,300 metre (7,200–14,100 ft). Lawland gorillas live in dense forests an lawland swamps an mairshes as law as sea level, wi wastren lawland gorillas livin in Central Wast African kintras an eastren lawland gorillas livin in the Democratic Republic o the Congo near its border wi Rwanda.[2]


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  1. Groves, C. P. (2005). Wilson, D. E.; Reeder, D. M (eds.). Mammal Species of the World (3rd ed.). Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. pp. 181–182. OCLC 62265494. ISBN 0-801-88221-4.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  2. Prince-Hughes, Dawn (1987). Songs of the Gorilla Nation. Harmony. p. 66. ISBN 1-4000-5058-8.