Western Lowland Gorilla
Low-growing leaves, herbs, stems and fruit.
Gorillas live and travel together in stable groups. An average family is made up of adult females, 4 - 5 offspring of different ages and an adult male called the 'silverback' because of his silvery white saddle.
Usually a single youngster is born after a gestation of 250 - 270 days (8 - 9 months).
Hunting and war, pet trade, habitat destruction.
Big game hunting of gorillas is banned; also their live capture and sale. Conservation education programmes and ecotourism are being developed to encourage protection of gorillas within reserves. There is a European Endangered species Programme (EEP) for this species of gorilla.
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- Latin Name: Gorilla gorilla gorilla
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Pongidae
- Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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