|Mountain gorillas live at elevations of 8,000 to 13,000 feet, fitting their name of course. Their thicker fur allows them to withstand the colder climates they face, often below zero degree temperatures.
In 1902, the population of mountain gorillas endured "years of war, hunting, habitat destruction and disease—threats so severe that it was once thought the species might be extinct by the end of the twentieth century". Read more here.
Now thanks to conservation efforts, the number of mountain gorillas are on the rise and there is hope for their future!
Imagine treating a 200-pound gorilla that’s broken her leg after falling out of a tree. That’s a routine call for Rwanda’s Dr Gaspard and Gorilla doctors working in Volcanoes National Park. On other days he will treat gorillas hurt by snares, poachers or in fights between rival groups.