According to Carl Linnaeus’s zoological research; gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans and humans belong to the group of primates. For gorilla group, they exist in 3 sub-species of mountain gorillas (Gorilla, gorilla, beringei); the Eastern Lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla graueri) and Western Lowland gorillas (Gorillas gorilla gorilla). They can be differentiated using their color and the sizes.

How many gorillas are there in the world?

The 3 gorilla types are vulnerable in nature. The Western Lowland gorillas are 50000 in West Central Africa. The Eastern Lowland gorillas that live in the Eastern Congolese rain forests, they have declined. Around the 1960’s, they ranged from 5000 to 15000. Currently, there are only 2500 and in DRC they are 250 lowland gorillas. Mountain gorillas are the most critically endangered species out of all the 3 subspecies, currently, there fewer than 900 in the entire world.


There are two known species of gorillas;

  • Eastern Gorilla
  • Western Gorilla