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Western Lowland Gorilla

Zoo Location: Forest
Western Lowland Gorilla
Habitat

Tropical forest and lowland swamps in central Africa.

Wild Diet

Low-growing leaves, herbs, stems and fruit.

Behaviour

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.

Breeding

Usually a single youngster is born after a gestation of 250 - 270 days (8 - 9 months).  Due to the long gestation time, long period of parental care, and infant mortality, a female gorilla will only give birth to an offspring that survives to maturity every four to six years.

Threats

Hunting and war, capture for the pet trade and habitat destruction.

Conservation

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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Western lowland gorilla factsheet

 

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INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Gorilla gorilla gorilla
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Pongidae
  • Conservation status: Critically Endangered
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