The Eastern Lowland Gorilla is the largest of the four subspecies of gorilla, It has large stocky body, large hands and is covered in jet black hair. In this picture we can see a young male gorilla foraging for food, like all gorillas living mainly on a diet of fruit and other herbaceous materials.
Found in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) the Eastern Lowland Gorilla has been a victim of many years of civil unrest, The gorilla makes its home in the tropical rainforests of the DRC but their habitat has been dramatically reduced in size in recent years. Poaching is also a major problem along with major diseases such as Ebola.
The WWF is working hard to monitor the Gorilla population. Protected areas are being expanded and the WWF are working with the local people, park authorities and the Congolese government to help conserve this amazing primate.
The WWF has some amazing information about the Eastern Lowland Gorilla here – http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/eastern-lowland-gorilla , My main focus of this project is to bring awareness to the many species under threat and one way you can help is to share this post and any of the others from my A-Z series.
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Next week for the letter F I am going to feature an animal that most people will never have heard of.