Gorilla (Western Lowland)

Gorilla (Western Lowland)

Goraille Ísealchríche Iartharai

  • Scientific name: Gorilla gorilla gorilla
  • IUCN status: Critically endangered
  • Habitat: Dense forest up to 3,000 metres.
  • Diet: Herbivore – seeds, leaves, stems and some animal prey.

 

There are probably less than 50,000 gorillas in the wild and their numbers are declining rapidly due to deforestation and poaching. Male gorillas are huge: weighing up to 170 kg and are more than twice as big as females who weigh in at around 70kg. Gorillas are highly social and live in troops of between three and 21 animals. The oldest gorilla ever observed was in a
zoo and lived to the ripe old age of 54.

There are probably less than 50,000 gorillas in the wild and their numbers are declining rapidly due to deforestation and poaching. Male gorillas are huge: weighing up to 170 kg and are more than twice as big as females who weigh in at around 70kg. Gorillas are highly social and live in troops of between three and 21 animals. The oldest gorilla ever observed was in azoo and lived to the ripe old age of 54.

 

Keeper’s Secret

The dominant or alpha male gorilla in a group is known as a ‘silverback’ after the silvery grey hair on his back.

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