Gorilla beringei ssp. beringei


Taxonomy [top]

Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family

Scientific Name: Gorilla beringei ssp. beringei
Species Authority: Matschie, 1903
Parent Species:
Common Name(s):
English Mountain Gorilla
Gorilla gorilla subspecies beringei Matschie, 1903

Assessment Information [top]

Red List Category & Criteria: Critically Endangered C1 ver 3.1
Year Published: 2008
Date Assessed: 2008-06-30
Assessor(s): Robbins, M., Gray, M., Kümpel, N., Lanjouw, A., Maisels, F., Mugisha, A., Spelman, L. & Williamson, L.
Reviewer(s): Mittermeier, R.A., Butynski, T.M. & Tutin, C. (Primate Red List Authority)
This assessment includes both the Virunga and the Bwindi subpopulations. There are only about 300 mature individuals of this subspecies in both subpopulations combined, closely approximating the threshold for criterion C under Critically Endangered. Given the loss of 1-2% of the subspecies in 2007 due to renewed poaching and illegal killings, the continuing political instability of the DRC region of the Virunga Volcanoes, and the risk of disease transmission by humans or unregulated incursions into the gorillas’ habitat, there is a distinct possibility that the subspecies could experience a 25% reduction in the next generation of ~20 years. However, as conservation efforts are re-established and political stability returns to the region, it is also possible that this subspecies would warrant down-listing to Endangered.
2000 Critically Endangered
1996 Critically Endangered
1996 Critically Endangered

Geographic Range [top]

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Population [top]

Population Trend: Unknown

Habitat and Ecology [top]

Systems: Terrestrial

Citation: Robbins, M., Gray, M., Kümpel, N., Lanjouw, A., Maisels, F., Mugisha, A., Spelman, L. & Williamson, L. 2008. Gorilla beringei ssp. beringei. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2015.2. <>. Downloaded on 31 August 2015.
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