Western Lowland Gorilla

Gorilla gorilla gorilla

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.

Fact File

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where to see themWhere to see them: Gorilla World
heightHeight: 5 to 6 ft
weightWeight: Male - Up to 400 lbs, Female - Up to 200 lbs
lifespanLifespan: Up to 35 yrs in the wild
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest
dietDiet: Fruits, leaves, and small invertebrates
exclamationRisk Status: Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically endangered)


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