From the depths of the roadside bushes, a big silverback gorilla emerges from the jungle. With the utmost confidence, he strides into the middle of the highway, claiming the area as his own. As the crew watches on in awe, there’s further movement in the nearby trees.
There are actually two distinct species of gorilla, differentiated according to their habitat range: eastern and western. Although they’re similar in appearance, member of the east African species have darker coats and grow larger than their western counterparts. However, they do share a tragic similarity.
Specifically, both species of gorilla are classified as “critically endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) red list. Eastern gorillas are the species most at risk. According to a 2016 study quoted in the New York Times newspaper, fewer than 3,800 now survive in the wild.