Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) – Africa, Cameroon’s, Gabon, West Zaire, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania. The Gorilla is the largest of the great Ape family. They are usually peaceful in their every day life. Their eyes and ears are small and their nostrils are raised. Gorillas move about on all fours most of the time which is called “Knuckle-walking”. They use the third and fourth digits of their curled hands to support their weight while knuckle-walking. The massive arms are longer than the heavy legs. Much of their day is spent looking for food. Gorillas reproduce about every four years. The female gorilla will give birth to a single young after a gestation period of nine months. At about five months the young can walk and climb. They stay with the mother for three years. A male Gorilla is about ten years old when the fur on his back turns silver (silverbacks). Gorillas travel around long distances and end up making a nest in the trees of twigs and sticks each night.
 The Gorilla’s diet: Leaves, plants, stems, wild celery, fruit, shoots, ginger roots, herbs, bark, ferns, stalks, flowers, thistle and bamboo.
 Gorilla A Gorilla’s life is usually peaceful in the wild. There is one female alpha who dominates over the others. Adolescent gorillas, called black backs, usually leave the family when they reach maturity. Young Gorillas stay with their mother for two years. They learn at this time important skills to help them mature. The Silverback, named for their silver-gray saddle of fur on their backs, are definitely the leaders. He leads them to good eating areas and protects them from intruders. When a male Gorilla spreads his arms, they measure about 8 feet across.





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