KidZone Animal Facts
- Gorillas are a sub-group of the family of great apes. They are mammals.
- There are four species of gorillas:
- the eastern lowland or Grauer’s gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri);
- the mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei);
- the western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla); and
- the Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehl).
- The cross river and mountain gorillas are endangered species with under 1000 (combined) still remaining in the wild.
- This dominant male is usually over a decade old and is called a "silverback" due to the silvery colored hair on his back.
- Males younger than a decade old are called blackbacks as their hair has not yet turned silver.
- Similar to humans, gorilla mothers are pregnant for 8.5 months and tend to give birth to only one baby at a time. They nurse their baby for about 3 years.
- An adult male gorilla is the size of a human, but three times as heavy (they weigh up to 600 pounds).
- Although gorillas are considered plant eaters, their favorite food is termites -- the protein, minerals and fat of these little insects is important to their health. The gorillas break open the termite nests and enjoy a feast at a leisurely pace.
- A gorilla's arms are longer than its legs and they tend to walk on all four limbs, curling their hands into fists and "knuckle walking".
- Gorillas are most active during the day, but they are shy.
- At night, they make nests of grass and leaves to sleep in.
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