Western Lowland Gorilla
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The western lowland gorilla lives in the heavy rainforests of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Equatorial Guinea, as well as in large areas in Gabon.
Gorillas are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals (a troop). Troops led by one dominant, older adult male, often called a silverback because of the swath of silver hair on his back. Troops also include young males, some females and their offspring.
The average lifespan for a lowland gorilla is 35 years.
Gorillas are vegetarians. They eat roots, shoots, fruit, wild celery, and tree bark and pulp.
Because of poaching and disease, the gorilla’s numbers have declined by more than 60% over the last 20 to 25 years. The exact number is not known because they inhabit some of the most dense and remote rainforests in Africa.
Infant gorillas throw tantrums if they don’t get their way, just like human babies. Western lowland gorillas live in the smallest family groups of all gorillas. When you see a gorilla in a zoo, it is almost certainly a western lowland gorilla.
Their status is Critically Endangered.