The gorilla is the largest living primate. A gorilla must spend most of its day eating plants to maintain its large size. Despite its massive size and ferocious reputation, the gorilla is actually a peaceful and social animal. Gorillas and humans are close relatives, and share many things in common. They are very intelligent, have emotions and personalities, and live in family groups.
- A troop of up to 20 gorillas is led and defended by a dominant male called a silverback.
- A male gorilla has the strength of up to eight men.
- Chest-beating is one way a gorilla shows that it’s excited.
- Gorillas and humans have the same number of hairs on their bodies.