The largest of the great apes, the gorilla is thought to have shared a common ancestor with humans about 10 million years ago and, today, shares approximately 98% of its DNA with humans.
Both Eastern and Western gorillas are highly threatened by illegal poaching for the bushmeat trade. Habitat loss and degradation due to deforestation and agricultural expansion also threaten gorillas by fragmenting their populations.
Highly infectious diseases like the Ebola virus also pose critical threats to gorillas.
Help care for a wild animal and you'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, certificate and glossy photo. Plus, you'll also receive our Adopt magazine twice a year with updates on all our wildlife adoptions – perfect for animal lovers.
Funds from your adoption will support the protection and conservation of wild gorillas in Kahuzi-Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Your adoption will also support our campaign against the illegal trade in bushmeat and the live trade in infant apes. You can help provide care and protection for gorillas by adopting Mugaruka & Chimanuka below.