Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorilla
About 900 gorillas still live in the wild,about half live in the Virunga Mountains,a range of extinct volcanoes that border the Democratic Republic of Congo,Rwanda and Uganda.The remainder are found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.Gorillas are critically endangered. They stand to 165 cm or 5 and half feet on two feet and weigh up to 200 kg or 440 lbs. They live in forests at elevations of 8000 to 13000 feet.

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As their name implies, mountain gorillas live in forests high in the mountains, at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet. They have thicker fur, and more of it, compared to other great apes. The fur helps them to survive in a habitat where temperatures often drop below freezing. But as humans have moved more and more into the gorillas’ territory, the gorillas have been pushed farther up into the mountains for longer periods, forcing them to endure dangerous and sometimes deadly conditions.

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