Western Lowland Gorilla

Zoo Location: Forest
Western Lowland Gorilla

Tropical forest.

Wild Diet

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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Western Lowland Gorilla Western Lowland Gorilla


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