The number of chimps in the wild is steadily decreasing. The
The gorilla's only known enemies are leopards and humans.
Crocodiles are potentially dangerous to lowland gorillas. In
western Africa, gorillas are commonly hunted for meat or in
retaliation for crop raiding, but in eastern Africa they have
been the victims of snares and traps set for antelope and
other animals. Poachers have also destroyed entire family
groups in their attempts to capture infant gorillas for zoos,
while others are killed to sell their heads and hands as
- Gorillas rarely attack humans. But in an encounter a
person should stay still and refrain from staring or
pointing at the gorilla.
- Gorillas are susceptible to various parasites and
diseases, especially to pneumonia during the long, cold