The Eastern Gorilla as a species occupies
the lowland and mountain rainforests and subalpines forests of
eastern Congo and southwestern Uganda, and Rwanda. They prefer these
areas due to the heavy vegetation that they can eat and use for
nests. Gorillas build nests every night out of the surrounding
The Eastern Lowland Gorilla can be found in
the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. There they live in the
highland, bamboo, lowland, and Albertine Rift montane forests. This
range stretches about 12,000 square kilometers and can be anywhere
from 600 to 3,308 meters high. Itís believed that they only occupy
about 13% of their range.
The Mountain Gorilla stays at much higher
elevations ranging from 2,300 to 4,500 meters. These creatures can
be found living on the Virunga range of extinct volcanoes along the
borders of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Congo. These forests are cloudy
and misty but the population of about 700 gorillas can be mostly
found on the 3 dominant volcanoes: Karisimbi, Mikeno, and Visoke.
The Bwindi Gorillas can be found near the Mountain Gorillas. This
small subspecies of about 320 can be found in the Bwindi
Impenetrable Forest in southwestern Uganda on Congoís border. This
is a national park that houses the entire population of Bwindi
Gorillas at 1,500 to 2,300 meters.
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