Interesting Facts About Gorillas

Interesting Facts About Gorillas

There are a three subspecies of gorilla. These include the mountain gorilla (Gorilla gorilla beringei), the western lowland gorilla (G. g. gorilla) and theeastern lowland gorilla(G. g. graueri). The mountain gorilla is the largest and strongest among the gorillas. Adult male mountain gorillas (silverbacks) may be able to lift as much as two tons are about ten times as strong as a man.

Gorillas have five fingers including a thumb and can use both their hands and their feet to grasp objects. Male gorillas are considerably larger than female gorillas and are about twice as heavy. Adult male gorillas develop a silvery white saddle of hair on their backs at around 12 years of age (after they become mature) and are called silverbacks.

Gorillas live in small social groups led by an adult male (a silverback). They are shy, and despite being so strong, are not aggressive. If disturbed, they stand erect on two legs, beat their chests and roar but usually do not attack. Gorillas are herbivores and feed on grasses, shoots, fruits, seeds, bark and young plants. They rarely drink water. At night, gorillas make nests of leaves, branches and plant material. Females and their young sleep in these nests. Gorillas can climb trees but rarely do so. They cannot swim. Gorillas are closely related to man sharing about 95% of our DNA. They can be taught sign language and can communicate using it. Gorillas have never been seen using tools in the wild but they quickly learn to use tools in captivity.

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Interesting Facts About Gorillas