For hunters, apes are easy targets. Unlike chimpanzees, which travel through the trees, Grauer’s gorillas move around in groups on the ground, leaving large, trackable footprints. With hordes of hungry, gun-toting humans traipsing about their forest, it’s no wonder these animals are now on the brink of disappearing.
Why Hope Remains for Saving the World's Largest Gorillas (Op-Ed)
The largest living primate is the eastern lowland gorilla, standing up to feet and weighing up to 550 pounds in the wild. The record for largest gorilla goes to Phil, raised in the St. Louis Zoo, weighing in at 860 pounds though he only stood feet tall.