Western Lowland Gorilla portrait
What lies behind those eyes?
This beautiful creature seen at Columbus Zoo in Ohio, USA.
The largest of all primates, their natural habitat is the tropical forest along the Congo River Basin in west equatorial Africa. Populations are endangered and estimates indicate that there may be just 35,000 of these magnificent creatures left in the wild.
The western lowland gorilla is one of two subspecies of the western gorilla that lives in montane, primary, and secondary forests and lowland swamps in central Africa in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. It is the gorilla usually found in zoos. Adult male gorillas are prone to cardiomyopathy, a degenerative heart disease.