Photos of Mountain Gorillas

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Here you will find photographs of Mountain Gorillas taken in the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

Mountain Gorillas are only found in the Virunga Massif which spans the Central African countries of Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. They are critically endangered; it is likely that less than 800 individuals exist in total (none are held in captivity). The main threats to their survival include poaching, habitat loss, disease and civil war.

Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorillas have longer fur and are larger than other types of gorilla. This enables them live in the colder conditions found high up in the Virunga Volcanoes. Mountain Gorillas are primarily herbivores; the majority of the diet consists of leaves, shoots and stems of 142 different plant species.

Adult males are called silverbacks because of the saddle of silver hair that develops on their backs. They can stand 1.9m tall, with an arm span of 2.3m and weigh 220 kg. Mountain Gorillas are highly social and live in family groups led by one silverback gorilla. The rest of the group consists of females, young “black back” males and youngsters.

Baby Gorilla

The majority of the images on this website are of gorillas in “Group 13”, the “Hirwa Group” and the “Sabinyo Group”. To view the photos, check out our Gallery.

The gorilla images on this website were taken by Will & Matt Burrard-Lucas, find out more here: Behind the Photos.