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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.

gorilla with green foliage behind it

Did You Know?

Gorillas and humans have the same number of hairs on their bodies.

Quick Facts

Latin Name:
Gorilla gorilla gorilla

Central Africa

Tropical forest

5 to 6 ft

31 years

Zoo Location:
Gorilla World

Fruits, leaves, and small invertebrates

Risk Status:
Species at Risk (IUCN—Critically endangered)