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The mountain gorilla is a subspecies of the eastern gorilla. A silver patch of hair on the back and hips of adult males distinguish these gorillas. These mammals are found in high altitudes in montane forests as well as bamboo forests. Since their discovery in 1902, the mountain gorilla population dramatically declined due to Ebola virus and hunting. They are mainly hunted for their meat and trophies. Thanks to conservation efforts, the mountain gorilla population has now increased to 880 individuals in the wild, but it still needs help.
To help the mountain gorilla populations, visit Mountain Gorilla Conservation.
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