MARTIN SHIELDS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY MARTIN SHIELDS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) mother with young. Extended parental care is a characteristic of primates; they have relatively few offspring. Herbivores native to Western Africa, gorillas are the largest of the primates. They share 97-98% of their DNA sequences with humans. They are our next closest relative after the chimpanzee. Congo exhibit at the Bronx Zoo, New York.
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