Location and Distribution

One of the common question is about where gorillas live. Gorillas are found in two widely separate parts of Africa.

The Western gorillas live in the West-Central African region: southwestern Central African Republic, Congo, Mayombe, Luanda, Gabon, Río Muni, southern Cameroon, southeastern Nigeria, and the Djabbir region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Gorilla Habitat by Species

The Eastern gorillas live in the East-Central African region: eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, southwestern Uganda, northern Rwanda. Eastern and Western gorillas are somewhat different. How to classify them?

Subspecies G. g. gorilla – the western lowland gorilla (found in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea)

Subspecies G. g. graueri – the eastern lowland gorilla (found in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo)

Subspecies G. g. beringei – the mountain gorilla (found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda)