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Mountain Gorillas

Gorillas are the largest primates, with some weighing nearly 500 pounds. These peaceful, intelligent herbivores follow a strict social order. The fact that they share 97% of their DNA with humans makes them all the more fascinating.

Get the scoop on gorilla behavior, habits, diet, and the many threats they face.

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Virunga Gorillas: Photo Gallery

Virunga Gorillas: Photo Gallery

About half of the world's mountain gorillas live in the Virunga mountains of central Africa. Check out photos of these apes and discover why their future is so uncertain. More...

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National Geographic
African Gorillas

African Gorillas

Actress Sigourney Weaver, who starred in the film Gorillas in the Mist, narrates this video series about the critically endangered mountain gorillas. Take a look. More...

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Animal Planet
Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey

No one taught the world more about mountain gorillas than Dr. Dian Fossey. Read about this amazing woman who devoted her life to studying and protecting the gorillas in the mist. More...

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Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Exhuming Rwanda’s Gorillas: Fossey’s Legacy

Exhuming Rwanda’s Gorillas: Fossey’s Legacy

Paleontology student Erin Marie Williams hopes to find clues to primate evolution in the bones of the gorillas that Dian Fossey studied. Take a look at the team she works with in Rwanda. More...

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NPR
Gorilla

Gorilla

Gorillas usually live in groups ruled by 1 or 2 silverbacks (adult males). Find out more about gorilla society, parenting, and communication. More...

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Primate Info Net
Miza: Learn More About Gorillas

Miza: Learn More About Gorillas

Can you score 100% on this gorilla quiz? Take your best shot. More...

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Scholastic
Play Learn to Sign with Koko

Play Learn to Sign with Koko

Koko is a gorilla who has mastered more than 1,000 words in American sign language. Match words with Koko's signs in this fun game. More...

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NATURE/PBS
The Gorilla King

The Gorilla King

How did Titus, an orphan gorilla, grow up to lead a troop of his own? His tumultuous life among poachers, feuding gorillas, and the chaos of civil war is detailed here. Take a look. More...

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NATURE/PBS
The Sound of Wild Mountain Gorillas

The Sound of Wild Mountain Gorillas

Listen to a gorilla troop’s warning calls as Virunga rangers approach them. The grunts are from the rangers, trying to reassure them. More...

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Virunga National Park
Western Gorilla

Western Gorilla

Western lowland gorillas are smaller than their eastern cousins and eat more fruit. Get more in-depth info and check out photos and videos on these magnificent primates. More...

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ARKive

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