Western Lowland Gorilla
Gorilla gorilla gorilla
Welcome baby gorilla Gladys! Surrogate human moms are caring for Gladys until she can be placed with one of our female gorillas who will, we hope, take over as her full-time mom.
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.
Where to see them:
5 to 6 ft
Male - Up to 400 lbs, Female - Up to 200 lbs
Up to 35 yrs in the wild
Fruits, leaves, and small invertebrates
Species at Risk (IUCN—Endangered)