Species Spotlight: Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei) silverback in Susa group, Rwanda

Questions and Answers

Where is half the world’s mountain gorilla population found?
More than half of the population live in the Virunga Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), with about a third of them living in Virunga National Park.

What is the family structure of gorillas?
Gorillas live in family groups that are led by one dominant male known as a silverback gorilla because of the coloring of their coats when they mature.

How do male mountain gorillas protect their families?
Male mountain gorillas lead cohesive families, defending females and offspring from threats by charging and beating their chests.



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