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The gorilla, the largest of the living primates is a ground-dwelling herbivore that inhabits limited regions of forest in central Africa. The gorilla occurs in two species, the western gorilla and the eastern gorilla. Both species are endangered due to poaching, loss of habitat. Gorilla DNA is 98 percent identical to that of humans, making them the second closest living relative to humans, after the two chimpanzee species

Gorillas are apes in the super family Hominoidea and the family Hominidae known also as the “great apes” and comprising humans,the gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans.

Physical characteristics

Gorillas move around by knuckle-walking. Adult males range in height from 165 to 175 centimeters (5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches), and in weight from 140 to 165 kilograms (310 to 365 pounds).

Females are about half the weight of males. Gorillas’ facial structure is described as prognathous; that is, their mandible, or lower jaw, protrudes further out than the maxilla, upper jaw.