Western lowland gorilla

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A lowland gorilla

The western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is one of two subspecies of the western gorilla (Gorilla 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.

They are known for having significant intelligence as they are able to understand simple sign language. Koko was a famous western lowland gorilla who communicated in sign language.[1]

The Western lowland gorilla is the only subspecies kept in zoos with the exception of Amahoro, a female Eastern lowland gorilla at Antwerp Zoo and a few Mountain gorillas kept captive in Democratic Republic of the Congo.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. Patterson, Francine (1981). The Education of Koko. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
  2. Prince-Hughes, Dawn (1987). Songs of the Gorilla Nation. Harmony. p. 66. ISBN 1-4000-5058-8.