Ambam the Gorilla walks around his enclosure at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. 27/01/2011

Ambam the Gorilla walks around his enclosure at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent. 27/01/2011

It's soft fluff with a face. I can't even handle it.

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Mother's pride: Nimba the gorilla cradles her newborn baby after giving birth at Dutch zoo

Mother's pride: Nimba the gorilla cradles her newborn baby after giving birth at Dutch zoo

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Standing tall, the gorilla who's become an internet sensation: Ambam shows off his party trick of walking tall like a human

Standing tall, the gorilla who's become an internet sensation: Ambam shows off his party trick of walking tall like a human

Gorillas in Rwanda: photography by Andy Rouse

Gorillas in Rwanda: photography by Andy Rouse

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Hunting: The gorillas are also vulnerable to poachers, who make their way through the parks. Pictured: Ranger Andre Baunma with a gorilla who has been orphaned and is now being cared for at the Mikeno Lodge, Virunga National Park

Meet the gentle giants of the mountains on the brink of extinction

Hunting: The gorillas are also vulnerable to poachers, who make their way through the parks. Pictured: Ranger Andre Baunma with a gorilla who has been orphaned and is now being cared for at the Mikeno Lodge, Virunga National Park

A raging male silverback gorilla - Doing it is better than how it looks.

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A raging male silverback gorilla - Doing it is better than how it looks.

Andre Bauma with Ndakasi - "I felt obliged to stay with the gorillas here," Bauma says. "You must justify why you are on this earth - gorillas justify why I am here, they are my life. So if it is about dying, I will die for the gorillas."

My other children, the orphan gorillas of Virunga

Andre Bauma with Ndakasi - "I felt obliged to stay with the gorillas here," Bauma says. "You must justify why you are on this earth - gorillas justify why I am here, they are my life. So if it is about dying, I will die for the gorillas."

Only the fifth set of mountain gorilla twins ever to be reported in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The mountain gorilla is officially listed as critically endangered. This image by Diana Rebman was in the running for the 2013 Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species.

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Only the fifth set of mountain gorilla twins ever to be reported in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. The mountain gorilla is officially listed as critically endangered. This image by Diana Rebman was in the running for the 2013 Gerald Durrell Award for Endangered Species.

A once-in-a-lifetime close encounter with the (now) leader of the Mubare mountain gorilla family, Kanyonyi, of the Bwindi National Park in Uganda.

A once-in-a-lifetime close encounter with the (now) leader of the Mubare mountain gorilla family, Kanyonyi, of the Bwindi National Park in Uganda.

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