All Gorillas In The Wild Are Now At High Risk Of Extinction - Many of the remaining animals now live in just a few national parks and reserves critical to their survival. However, bushmeat hunting still takes place .
World’s largest gorilla moved to ‘critically endangered’ status
The largest living primate is the eastern lowland gorilla, standing up to feet and weighing up to 550 pounds in the wild. The record for largest gorilla goes to Phil, raised in the St. Louis Zoo, weighing in at 860 pounds though he only stood feet tall.
Congo’s Civil War Has Practically Wiped Out the World’s Largest Gorilla
For hunters, apes are easy targets. Unlike chimpanzees, which travel through the trees, Grauer’s gorillas move around in groups on the ground, leaving large, trackable footprints. With hordes of hungry, gun-toting humans traipsing about their forest, it’s no wonder these animals are now on the brink of disappearing.