There are only several hundred gorillas remaining on the earth and about half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in Central Africa.
Their threats are poaching and habitat reduction and a result of armed conflict in the region. Many gorillas have been victims of gunshots not aimed at them.
Their trade is prohibited worldwide and many live in protected areas or national parks that ban hunting.
Many conservation initiatives are meant to aid mountain gorillas, and it is believed that their numbers are slowly increasing. Still, they to continue to face major threats from habitat loss and poaching.