The gorilla is the largest of the great ape species. It is thought to have shared a common ancestor with humans about 10 million years ago, today sharing about 98% of its DNA with humans. The gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorilla Gorilla berengei and the western gorilla Gorilla gorilla.
Each species has two subspecies. For the eastern gorilla these are the eastern lowland gorilla G.b. graueri and the mountain gorilla G. b. berengei; for the western gorilla these are the Cross River gorilla. G. g. diehli and the western lowland gorilla G.g. gorilla. Faced with increasing pressure from human population through habitat destruction, hunting and disease gorilla populations are under sever threat.
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