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Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) Fact Sheet: Distribution & Habitat


(Maisels et al. 2016)

Gorilla gorilla distribution

  • Only remains in a few African countries
    • Angola
    • Cameroon
    • Central African Republic
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Gabon
    • Nigeria
    • Republic of Congo
  • Subspecies separated by rivers

Elevational distribution

  • Generally below 500 m above sea level
  • Occur up to 1,900 m above sea level


  • Submontane and lowland areas
  • Prefer dense primary forests/undisturbed secondary forests with dependable, year-round food supply of high-quality herbs
  • Visit open swampy areas ("bais") that are filled with aquatic and semi-aquatic sedges - different groups share bais
  • May nest along savanna forest edges

Distribution Map


Map of gorilla distribution

Click here or on map to go to IUCN distribution map.

Page Citations

Tutin, (1997)
Taylor & Goldsmith, (2002)
Ferriss (2005)

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