My long muscular arms help me to move quickly through my dense forest home.
I’m approximately 1.7m in length and 160kg. Females weigh 90kg.
I’m a mainly herbivorous (vegetarian) animal. I spend almost half of the day feeding on stems, bamboo shoots, and a variety of fruits.
I can be found in two locations: the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda; and the mountain forests of the Virunga volcanoes, which is shared between three countries: Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda. Because I live so high up, my habitat is often cloudy, misty and cold.
My forest home is being cut down to supply wood for the illegal timber trade and to make room for new settlements. People also take wood for fuel and to make charcoal illegally.
That’s a fact!
Humans share at least 98% of their DNA with gorillas, making us your closest living relatives.