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Western Lowland Gorilla

The western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is a subspecies of the western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla). It lives in montane, primary, and secondary forests and lowland swamps. It is found throughout all or parts of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Of all gorillas it is the least endangered and is the gorilla usually found in zoos.

The western lowland gorilla eats plants and, occasionally, insects. They live in family groupings consisting of one dominant male. There are 5 to 7 adult females. The groups also consist of children and adolescents, and possibly a few non-dominant males.

Western Lowland Gorilla