Awax the gorilla

common nameconservation status
Western Lowland GorillaCritically endangered (CR)
scientific namesize
Gorilla gorilla gorilla1,2-1,8 m (4-6 ft)
familyweigh
Hominidae68-181 kg (150-400 lbs)
orderlifespan
Primates35 years
class gestation period
MammaliaAlmost 9 months
 population diet
100,000 individuals approx.They eat roots, stems, fruits, wild celery, tree bark and pulp.
habitatrange
They live on mountains, primary and secondary forests or lowland swamps in central Africa.Flatlands of Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

Did you know...

1.

Lowland gorillas are endangered, but there are a little more common than their relatives, the mountain gorillas. They are smaller in size, their hair is shorter and their arms are longer.

 

2.

They live in communities of around 30 individuals. These groups are led by a dominant older male, often called silverback because of the grey hair area on its back and rump.

 

3.

They can climb trees but they usually spend the day on the ground.

 

4.

The dominant male organizes the troop when it is time to eat and “nesting” in leaves.

 

5.

They are very peaceful animals, except when they feel threatened. Also the dominant male, when challenged, shows all his ferocity.

 

6.

Baby gorillas are born weighing only 2 kg and are completely dependent on their mother. After 4 months, infants start riding on their mum’s back until they are 2 or 3 years old.

7.

These are highly intelligent animals and, in captivity, they have even learned to communicate using simple human sign language.

 

8.

The male is twice the size of the female, it is more corpulent and their skull is more massive than that of females.

 

9.

These animals can travel long distances in order to obtain food. Troops are usually always on the move.

 

10.

The only natural threats to these animals are leopards and crocodiles. Humans pose the main threat because of habitat destruction and poaching.

 

11.

These animals can sometimes use tools to obtain food they can not reach, which is already a sign of having higher intelligence than many other primates.

 

12.

Gorillas can emit up to 25 different sounds to communicate with one another.

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