Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla Beringei) also known as Silverback (adult male mountain gorillas are called Silverbacks because of the silver saddle of hair on their backs) live in forests high in the mountains. They live in groups and each gorilla family has a silverback as leader who scares away other animals. Gorillas are herbivores, and eat only plants. They spend most of their day foraging for food.
Since the discovery of the mountain gorilla subspecies in 1902, its population has endured years of war, hunting, habitat destruction and disease. With conservation efforts, the population is increasing but the specie is still classified endangered on the IUCN red list.