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Western Lowland Gorillas are native to central Africa, though our gorillas were all born and raised in other American zoos. Here in Houston, two troops call the zoo home. They have been specifically chosen to make the move to Houston as part of the Species Survival Plan.

Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Gorilla gorilla

Range

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, and Gabon

Location in the Zoo

African Forest

Cool Animal Fact

Gorillas have unique noseprints and fingerprints. Scientists use noseprints to identify gorillas in the wild.

Our Conservation Partners

How We Help Them

  • 76 Rwandan learned about their local wildlife and saw species like the golden monkey in its natural habitat for the first time
  • 219 Rwandan students participated in weekly programs that increased their understanding of mountain gorillas and how they can benefit the community
  • 200 sheep were donated to 200 schoolchildren from CHT classes, providing families with an alternative source of income and decreasing the need to harvest resources from Virunga National Park

How You Can Help

Recycle your old handheld electronic devices, such as cell phones, as these devices contain a material called tantalum that is mined in gorilla habitat.

Donate to help gorillas in the wild:

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How We Help Them

  • 227 routine health checks performed on gorillas in Virunga, Volcanoes, Mgahinga, Bwindi Impenetrable, and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks
  • Performed 20 interventions to remove snares and/or provide antibiotics to gorillas suffering from respiratory and other illnesses
  • Provided vet care to 4 mountain gorilla orphans in captivity in Rumangabo, DRC

How You Can Help

Donate to help gorillas in the wild:

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How We Help Them

  • A farm was created that will provide a stable food supply for the gorillas while helping to make sure that the land around GRACE is not overused
  • 28 primary school students attended visitor program gorilla viewing and guided nature walks
  • More than 3,000 people participated in World Gorilla Day, the largest local gathering in recent memory

How You Can Help

Donate to help gorillas in the wild

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Gorilla News / More ›

Houstonians are Saving Gorillas by Recycling Electronics
June 10, 2019

Houstonians are Saving Gorillas by Recycling Electronics

Camp Zoofari Inspires 11 Year-old to Start Cell Phone Recycling Project in Africa, Saving Gorillas in the Wild!
April 24, 2019

Camp Zoofari Inspires 11 Year-old to Start Cell Phone Recycling Project in Africa, Saving Gorillas in the Wild!

Protect Gorillas by Joining the Action for Apes Challenge!
March 6, 2019

Protect Gorillas by Joining the Action for Apes Challenge!

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