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Gorilla Pictures: Photos Of Majestic Apes And Adorable Babies

Posted: Updated: 05/20/2012 5:55 pm

Whether you enjoy pictures of mighty adult apes or their tiny and adorable offspring, it is most important to recognize that gorillas are endangered. Represented by two species -- the eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) and western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) -- and several subspecies, gorillas are fascinating creatures.

Yet according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, eastern gorillas are endangered, while western gorillas are currently listed as critically endangered. IUCN notes that 2008 research found a reduction of over 80 percent of western gorillas in the past three generations.

One subspecies of western gorillas, the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli), was recently caught on tape in what has been called the best footage of the subspecies to date. With a population of less than 300 individuals, the Cross River subspecies has been called "the most endangered African ape" by WCS. Found along the mountainous Cameroon-Nigeria border, the primates face human-induced threats such as poaching and habitat loss and fragmentation.

Gorillas in captivity have been known to exceed their lifespans in the wild, but a great ape's passing can still be a sad event. Mumbah, a well-known gorilla that lived at the Columbus Zoo, passed last week at an estimated age of 47, reported Reuters. Mumbah was a "fundamental component" of the zoo's breeding and surrogacy program.

The Columbus Zoo's president and CEO, Dale Schmidt, said in a statement, Mumbah "was a gentle giant who readily accepted youngsters into his family. He was patient but effective at teaching them how to be vital members of a gorilla social group. His legacy will live on through all of the gorillas he helped to raise."

Click here to visit the African Wildlife Foundation's website and learn about how you can help to protect mountain gorillas. More information can also be found on the International Gorilla Conservation Programme's website.

Below, check out images of endangered gorillas. If you missed our last animal overload, click here for endangered tiger pictures.

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  • A new born gorilla baby hangs on its mother N'Yaounda in Budapest Zoo on January 14, 2010. The baby gorilla was born on January 5, weighing approximately 1.5kg. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

  • A new born gorilla baby hangs on its mother N'Yaounda in Budapest Zoo on January 14, 2010. The baby gorilla was born on January 5, weighing approximately 1.5kg. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

  • A gorilla male sits in the enclosure 'Gorilla's Camp' at the Amneville zoo, eastern France, on April 04, 2012. Ya Kwanza, a silverback gorilla male, also arrived with seven other gorillas from other western zoos, as part of a the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

  • A gorilla male holds carrots in the enclosure 'Gorilla's Camp' at the Amneville zoo, eastern France, on April 04, 2012. Ya Kwanza, a silverback gorilla male, also arrived with seven other gorillas from other western zoos, as part of a the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

  • A baby lowland gorilla in its habitat at the Smithsonian Institution's National Zoo on October 26, 2010 in Washington, DC. AFP PHOTO/Karen BLEIER

  • Two male gorillas are seen in the enclosure 'Gorilla's Camp' at the Amneville zoo, eastern France, on April 04, 2012. Ya Kwanza, a silverback gorilla male, also arrived with seven other gorillas from other western zoos, as part of a the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

  • Yeboah, a 12-year-old male gorilla (L) is pictured with Effie (R) at the London Zoo, in London, on March 1, 2010. Ooh la la! A frisky French gorilla on the prowl in Britain has been turning on the Gallic charm full blast, London Zoo said Monday. Yeboah, a 12-year-old stud, was given pictures of the zoo's three more experienced female gorillas in advance and was left under no illusions: it's time to be a man. Zaire, 35, Effie, 16 and Jookie, 11, were left bereft after their silverback mate Bobby died in December 2008. AFP PHOTO/Ben Stansall

  • Gorilla mother 'Baghira' holds her baby 'Kajolu' in their enclosure at an animal park in the souhern German city of Munich on January 22, 2010. The Gorilla baby was born on December 7, 2009 after a gestation period of 225 days. AFP PHOTO DDP / OLIVER LANG

  • Two male gorillas are seen in the enclosure 'Gorilla's Camp' at the Amneville zoo, eastern France, on April 04, 2012. Ya Kwanza, a silverback gorilla male, also arrived with seven other gorillas from other western zoos, as part of a the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

  • Ya Kwanza, a silverback gorilla male, walks in its enclosure 'Gorilla's Camp' at the Amneville zoo, eastern France, on April 04, 2012. Ya Kwanza arrived with seven other gorillas from other western zoos, as part of a the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

  • Ya Kwanza, a silverback gorilla male, stands in its enclosure 'Gorilla's Camp' at the Amneville zoo, eastern France, on April 04, 2012. Ya Kwanza arrived with seven other gorillas from other western zoos, as part of a the European breeding of Endangered species Programm (EEP) to promote their breeding. AFP PHOTO / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

  • A Western Lowland Gorilla eats an orange while holding a Christmas pouch at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on December 25, 2010. The Gorillas received Christmas presents from the zoo keepers to celebrate the festivities. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

  • A Western Lowland Gorilla named Piko eats an orange while holding a Christmas pouch at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo on December 25, 2010. The Gorillas received Christmas presents from the zoo keepers to celebrate the festivities. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA

  • A Western lowland gorilla eats popcorn from a pot as a Christmas treat at Taronga Zoo in Sydney on December 21, 2011. Various animals were also given early Christmas enrichment treats inside boxes wrapped in colourful paper to arouse their curiosity. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD

  • Western lowland gorillas 'Kriba' and her daughter 'Kipenzi' search for Christmas treats at Taronga Zoo in Sydney on December 21, 2011. Various animals were also given early Christmas enrichment treats inside boxes wrapped in colourful paper to arouse their curiosity. AFP PHOTO / Torsten BLACKWOOD

  • SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 21: A Western lowland Gorilla eats Christmas treats at Taronga Zoo on December 21, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. Animals received Christmas themed enrichment foods as part of the Zoo's regular program to encourage the animals to forage for food and help improve hunting abilities. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

  • A gorilla tries to grab with his mouth a tree banch that he put on his neck at the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles, California August 12, 2011. The Los Angeles City Council voted today to pursue plans leading to a possible privatization of the zoo, an idea described by its chief advocate as ``the only model'' available to the cash-strapped city if it wishes to keep the attraction open. City officials say the change would save nearly $20 million over the next five years but opponents of the plan question the savings and warn that privatization could mean steeper ticket prices for the zoo's 1.5 million annual visitors and less transparency when it comes to animal welfare. AFP PHOTO / Robyn Beck

  • HYTHE, ENGLAND - JUNE 21: A Western Lowland Gorilla clutces her baby at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park on June 21, 2011 in Hythe, England. Port Lympne has welcomed a host of new arrivals this year with wildebeest, colobus monkeys, gorillas and rhinos all adding to the current stock. Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal parks were set up by the late John Aspinall to protect and breed rare and endangered species and, where possible, return them to safe areas in the wild. The Aspinall Foundation which runs the parks also manages two gorilla rescue and rehabilitation projects in the central African countries of Gabon and Congo where they have successfully reintroduced over 50 gorillas to the wild. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

  • Ambam, a 21 year old Silverback gorilla, walks on his hind legs at Port Lympne zoo in Kent south east England, on January 28, 2011. The male name Ambam, is part of a bachelor group of critically endangered Western lowland gorillas at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. AFP PHOTO/Ben Stansall

  • Gorilla mother Dian holds her baby Quembo on January 6, 2011 at the zoo in Frankfurt/M., western Germany. Quembo was born on December 20, 2010 at the zoo. AFP PHOTO FRANK RUMPENHORST

  • Bambo, the baby gorilla, sleeps on its mother N'Yaounda in their place of Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden, on November 12, 2010. AFP PHOTO / ATTILA KISBENEDEK

  • Nine-day-old gorilla lays in the hand of its mother Kijivu at the Prague Zoo on May 3, 2010. AFP PHOTO MICHAL CIZEK

  • New born gorilla lays in the arm of her mother Kijivu at the Zoo on April 24, 2010, in Prague Zoo. PHOTO AFP/MICHAL CIZEK

  • Gorilla mother 'Baghira' holds her baby 'Kajolu' in their enclosure at an animal park in the souhern German city of Munich on January 22, 2010. The Gorilla baby was born on December 7, 2009 after a gestation period of 225 days. AFP PHOTO DDP / OLIVER LANG

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