Western lowland gorillas are the smallest of the four gorilla subspecies, which also include the Cross River gorillas, Grauer’s gorillas, and mountain gorillas. Western lowland gorillas have shorter black-brown hair, longer arms, and a more prominent ridge along their brow. Infants have a tuft of white hair on their backsides, and older gorillas may get streaks of silver in their hair. Like their cousins, western lowland gorillas are endangered and face the loss of their habitat.
As the most widespread gorilla subspecies, the western lowland gorilla can be found across more than 270,000 square miles of central and West Africa—including Cameroon, Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, and the Republic of