Good News for Gorillas?


Gorillas may be far more numerous than previously thought, but they’re still critically endangered and numbers are falling fast. (The Guardian)

Use our lesson to understand how abiotic factors, vegetation zones, and human activity contribute to the distribution of gorilla populations.

Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit.

Almost all gorillas kept in zoos are western lowland gorillas. The species is critically endangered in its own habitat, the lowland swamps and forest of western Africa (like the Democratic Republic of Congo here).
Photograph by Pierre Fidenci, courtesy Wikimedia. CC-BY-SA-2.5

Discussion Ideas






The Guardian: Gorillas are far more numerous than previously thought, survey reveals

Nat Geo: Analyzing the Distribution of Vegetation Zones and Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park

(extra credit!) Science Advances: Guns, germs, and trees determine density and distribution of gorillas and chimpanzees in Western Equatorial Africa

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