Western gorilla


The western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) is a great ape, closely related to chimpanzees, orangutans and humans. They are the type species as well as the most populous species of the genus Gorilla.[3] Nearly all of the individuals of this taxon belong to the western lowland gorilla subspecies.[4] The other subspecies are the Cross River gorilla.

Western gorilla[1]
Male at Melbourne Zoo
Female with infant at the Bronx Zoo
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Suborder: Haplorhini
Infraorder: Simiiformes
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Genus: Gorilla
G. gorilla
Binomial name
Gorilla gorilla
(Savage, 1847)

G. g. gorilla
G. g. diehli

Western gorilla range

Western lowland gorillas are generally lighter colored than eastern gorillas. Western lowland gorillas have black, dark grey or dark brown-grey hair with a brownish forehead. Measurements of wild individuals show that mature males average 155 cm (61 in) in height.


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  2. Maisels, F.; Bergl, R. A.; Williamson, E. A. (2016). "Gorilla gorilla". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016. IUCN: e.T9404A17963949. Retrieved 5 September 2016.
  3. Planet Of No Apes? Experts Warn It's Close Archived 2012-10-25 at the Wayback Machine CBS News Online, 12 September 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2008.
  4. "Animal Info – Gorilla". AnimalInfo.org. Retrieved 12 September 2007.