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Baby Gorilla Facts – All About Baby Gorilla

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Baby Gorilla like all animals babies is very cute and harmless. We have gathered complete set of Baby Gorilla Facts that will help you in learning all about Baby Gorilla including their name, size and weight. You are also going to learn about the babies of the different species of the gorillas.

Baby Gorilla Facts

What Is A Young Baby Gorilla Called

  • A young baby gorilla is called an infant.
  • If compared to humans the size of the young baby gorilla is much smaller than the human baby. The young baby gorilla is about two times smaller than the human baby.

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What Is The Size of A Baby Gorilla

  • The size of a baby gorilla at birth is very small. They are very much tiny in size and weight about 3 to 4 pounds (1.4kg to 1.8kg).

How Much Does A Baby Gorilla Weight-Baby Gorilla Weight

  • Just like the size, the baby gorilla weight is also lesser than the human baby.
  • At the time of birth, the weight of a baby gorilla is just 3 to 4 pounds which is equal to 1.4 kg to 1.8 kg while the humans new born baby average weight is 5.5 pounds equal to 2.5 kg.

Baby Gorilla Hairs

  • the body of the newborn baby gorilla is covered with brownish hairs.
  • Almost all the body parts are covered with these brownish hairs except fingers. Palms, face, arm fits and bottom of their feet.

Baby Mountain Gorilla

  • Just like the other gorillas the mountain gorillas also give birth to babies once or twice a decade.
  • The size of the gorilla at the birth is very small if compared to humans but they grow at a very faster rate.
  • The average weight of a baby mountain gorilla is about 1.4 kg to 1.8kg (3 to 4 pounds).
  • They are nursed by their mothers till 3 to 4 years.
  • They learn to sit up right in the age of 3 months.
  • At the age of 6 months they learn to crawl.
  • They are fed by mother’s breast milk till the average age of 2.5 years. After that they start eating food lightly.

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Baby Western Lowland Gorilla

  • The western Lowland Gorilla give birth to baby once or twice in a decade.
  • They often give birth to one baby and occasionally produce twins like humans
  • The weight of the baby western lowland gorilla is just 3 to 4 pounds.
  • They are tightly attached to mom’s hair.
  • For about three to four months they ride on the back of their mothers.
  • They young baby are nursed by their mothers till three to four years.
  • The female baby western Lowland Gorilla mature earlier than the male Western Lowland gorilla. The female western Lowland Gorilla mature at the age of about 10 years while the male western Lowland Gorillas mature at the average age of fifteen.

Baby Silverback Gorilla

  • Silverback gorilla is the adult male gorilla. Silverback gorilla uses to be the leader of the whole group. it leads a group, protect the group from others dangers. A silverback gorilla also leads the whole group from morning to evening in search of food.
  • It is called as silverback gorilla because when the male gorilla become adult, silver hairs start growing on their back and so it is called as silverback gorilla.
  • As all baby gorillas are black back. So there is no concept of baby silverback gorilla.

Interesting Facts About Baby Gorilla

  • Female Gorillas remain pregnant for about 8 to 9 months just like human females.
  • A female gorilla give birth to about 3 infants in the whole life span.
  • The weight of the baby gorilla is almost half of the weight of the human baby weight at birth.
  • The baby gorilla is fed up to the average age of 2.5 years by their mother’s milk.
  • They learn to sit upright at the age of 3 months.
  • They start crawling like human babies at the age of 6 months.
  • They male baby gorilla becomes adult at the age of 15 years just like humans
  • The female gorilla adults a bit earlier than the male gorilla at the age of ten.
  • The male gorilla after adulthood at the age of about twenty leave their group and seek for another mate.
  • The female gorilla breeds at the average age of 12 while the male gorilla breeds at the average age of 16.

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Gorilla Life Cycle – From Birth To Death All Explained

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Gorilla Life Cycle

Life Cycle of a living thing is defined as the series of biological changes & growth through which that living thing undergo throughout its lifespan. Gorilla like all other living things have a certain life cycle from birth to death. Here we have explained the Gorilla Life Cycle from Birth to Death by identifying all the stages of the life cycle along with their brief  description, diagram and images. Do not forget to like and share it with others so that other people can also benefit from this information.

Gorilla Life Cycle

  • Life cycle of an organism means the birth, growth and reproduction of an organism.
  • The life of a gorilla is consist of the following stages which completes on life cycle.
    • Gestation period
    • Infant period
    • Juvenile
    • Young adulthood
    • Mature adulthood

Gorilla Life Cycle

Gestation Period

  • Gestation period is the time period which an organism spends in the fetus or fat of a mother.
  • The average gestation period of a gorilla is 8.5 months which is 2 weeks less than the human gestation period.
  • Unlike human it is difficult to determine whether a gorilla is pregnant or not because their stomach size is very large. However the pregnant gorilla has swollen knuckles( joints of fingers) which is a sign of pregnancy.
  • There is no specific season for the birth of a gorilla. A gorilla can give birth to a baby after gestation period at any season of the year. Usually they give birth to babies at night time.
  • The mortality rate of young for new born baby is 40%  which means that an adult female has only one surviving offspring after 6 or 8 years.
  • Due to low mortality rate a female gorilla will have 2 to 6 babies through out its life time.

Infant Period

  • The infant period of a gorilla starts just after the gestation period is over and a baby is given birth.
  • The infant period lasts for two to three years.
  • The young babies are unable to walk till the age of 3 to 4 months . During this age they are carried by their mothers in arms.  In case if their mother has died then the silverback gorilla does this duty.
  • At the age of 3 months they learn to sit up right.
  • After 4 months the young gorillas learn to cling to their mothers back. They travel on their mothers back till the age of 3 to 4 years.
  • During infant period the young gorillas may be killed by the silverback gorilla. This happens when the female gorilla leaves its group and join another group or when a new male takes over.
  • Infants are  almost in constant care for 6 months by their mothers and are nursed for 3 to 4 years.

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Juvenile Period

  • juvenile age starts from 3 or 4 years and lasts to 6 or 8 years.
  • In this period the gorillas are independent but not fully matured.
  • Male  and female gorillas look almost the same in this age. It is difficult to differentiate in them during this age.
  • At this age both the genders have black thick hairs on their back.
  • During this age, male and female grow at  the same rate. In the age of 6 they are about 1.2 or 4 meter tall.
  • The average weight at this age is about 68 kg.

Gorilla Life cycle

Young Adulthood Period

  • Young adulthood is the age when a gorilla becomes adult.
  • Female gorillas reach this age earlier than the male gorillas.
  • Female gorillas adult at the age of 8 to 10 years . While the male gorillas adult at the age of 12 to 15 years.
  • At this age the female gorilla stops growing taller. However they continue to gain weight until they reach to 250 to 300 pounds.
  • During this age the males still retain the black hairs on their backs and are called as blackbacks.

Mature Adulthood

  • Mature adulthood is the last stage of the gorilla life cycle.
  • When a male gorilla matures, a patch of silver or grayish colored hairs develops on its back which make the distinct from the female gorilla.
  • Male gorillas at this time period are called as Silver back gorillas.
  • At this age the  male gorilla stops gaining weight and height, It has a typical weight of 450 to 500 pounds. The average height of a male gorilla at this age is 1.5 to 1.8 meter.
  • However, at this age the female gorillas can get weight due to pregnancy.

Lifespan Of A Gorilla

  • The total life span of a gorilla ranges from 30 to 50 years.
  • In captivity, they live longer than the in the wild.
  • In wild the normal life span of a gorilla ranges from 35 to 40 years.
  • In a zoo the life span may extend to 50 years.
  • Until today the oldest ever known gorilla was ‘Colo’ at the ‘Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’ who lived for 60 years. She died on January 17 , 2017.

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How Tall Are Gorillas – Gorilla Height

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Gorillas are one of the largest living primates on earth. They are very similar to the human beings. After chimpanzees and bonobos they are the second closest living relatives to humans. Those who have not seen gorilla in real, they often wonder “How Tall are Gorillas”. We have gathered complete information on Gorilla Height which will give you a clear picture how much tall they are. You are going to learn about the height of different gorilla species and its comparison with human and other primates.

How Tall Are Gorillas

Average Gorilla Height

  • The average height of a gorilla is 1.7meter.
  • The Western Lowland Gorilla have the shortest height that ranges from 1.5 meter  to 1.7 meter.
  • The Eastern Lowland Gorillas are considered the tallest with height of more than 1.7 meter.

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Gorilla Height In Feet

  • The adult male gorilla height ranges from 5’ feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches..
  • The female gorilla is 5 to 9 inches shorter than the male having average height of 5 feet.
  • The Silverback Gorilla size ranges from 5 feet to 5 feet 9 inches.

How Tall Is A Gorilla Standing

  • A gorilla walks on four legs but they can stand on its hind legs.
  • A gorilla can walk upto 20 feet on two legs.
  • A gorilla when standing up on two legs has an average height of 6 feet almost equal to human height while on four legs it has an average height of 5 feet 6 inches.

How Tall Are Mountain Gorillas

  • Mountain gorilla is a specie of the gorillas.
  • The average height of a mountain gorilla is 4 to 6 ft.

How Tall Is A Male Gorilla

  • The male gorilla is a bit taller than the female gorilla.
  • The average male western lowland gorilla height ranges from 1.6 meter to 1.7 meter.
  • The average  male eastern lowland gorilla height is 1.7meter.
  • The average male mountain gorilla height ranges from 1.2 meter to 1.8 meter.

How Tall Is A Silverback Gorilla – Silverback Gorilla Height

  • Silverback gorilla is considered as the oldest and wisest among all the gorillas. Silverback gorilla is also the leader of a troop.
  • The average height of a silverback gorilla ranges from 5 feet to 5.9 feet.
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How Tall Is A Silverback Gorilla Standing

  • Like all the other gorillas silverback gorilla also walks on four legs. But it has the ability to stand and walk on 2 legs.
  • When silverback gorilla stands up on two legs its height ranges from 5 to 5.9 feet.

How Tall Is a Female Gorilla

  • The female gorillas are a bit shorter in length than the male gorillas .
  • The average height of female western lowland gorilla is 1.2 meter to 1.4 meter.
  • The average height of female Eastern Lowland is 1.5 meter.
  • The average height of a female mountain gorilla is 1.4 meter.

Gorilla Height Compared To Humans

  • The average human height is 6 feet, while the average gorilla height is 5.5 feet.
  • The male human being has an average height of 6 feet 1 inches while the average male gorilla has a height of 6 feet.
  • The female human being has an average height of 5 feet 7 inches while the average female gorilla height is 4 to 5 feet.

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Height Comparison Of Different Gorilla Species

  • There are three different species of gorillas.i.e
    • Western lowland gorillas.
    • Eastern lowland gorillas
    • Mountain gorillas
  • The average height of  western lowland gorilla ranges from 1.5 meter to 1.7meter.
  • The average height of eastern lowland gorilla is 1.7 meter
  • The average height of Mountain gorilla ranges from 4 to 6 feet.

How Tall Are Gorillas – Gorilla Height

Why Are Gorillas Endangered – Gorilla Endangered Species

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Why Are Gorillas Endangered - Gorilla Endangered Species

Gorillas are categorized as endangered species by International Union For Conservation of Nature (IUCN). We have gathered complete information on Why Are Gorillas Endangered and stated down all the reasons for each of its species due which their population is declining. But first you need to know what is an endangered specie and how it is classified as endangered.

Endangered species are the one which are going to be extinct in the future. International Union for Conservation of Nature is an organization which categorize species into different categories for instance:

      • Endangered species
      • Critically Endangered species etc.
  • Endangered species are the one:
    • whose population have declined by 50 to 70%
    • or have only 2500 or less than 2500 mature individuals remaining.
    • or when there is 20% decline in the population of a specie within five generations.
  • Critically endangered species are the one:
    • whose population have declined by 80 to 90%.
    • or have less than 250 mature individuals remaining. or
    • when there is 50% decline in the population of a specie within three generations.

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Why Are Gorillas Endangered

Gorillas are endangered due to the following reasons:

    • Habitat loss due to Agriculture & Pastoral activities.
    • Poaching which means illegal hunting and capturing of animals.
    • Civil wars
    • Different diseases like Polio, Hepatitis, Tuberculosis and Intestinal parasites. The main disease which is responsible for their endangerment is Ebola virus disease.
    • Human interaction which become the cause of transformation of human diseases to gorillas.
    • Disease transferred through domestic animals and livestock.
    • Industrial mining
    • Snares made for other animals.
    • Increasing human population
    • Climate change
    • Deforestation
    • Oil palm plantation in the gorilla inhabited areas.
    • Climate change such as increasing temperature.

Why Are Western Lowland Gorillas Endangered – Why Is The Cross River Gorilla Endangered

  • In 2008, western Lowland Gorillas were categorized as ‘Critically Endangered species’ by International Union For Conservation Of Nature(IUCN).
  • In just seven years, from 2005 to 2013, their occurred a decrease of 18.75% in their population which means 2.56% decrease annually.
  • According to a survey 80% reduction was reported in three generations. One generation gap is 22 years. It is predicted that the declination rate will exceed 80 % in the next three generations i.e. 66 years.
  • The Cross River Gorilla is a sub specie of Western Lowland gorillas.
  • There are only 200 to 300 species of Cross River Gorilla living in wild.
  • In just 15 years, from 1995 to 2010, their population declined by 59%.
Why Are Western Lowland Gorillas Endangered
Western Lowland Gorilla

Western Lowland Gorillas are endangered due to:

1. Pet Trade

    • Pet trade is also a reason for its endangerment. They are captured and sold for high prices in black market to be used as pet.

2. Low Reproductive Rate

    • They give birth to just one baby at a time which make it difficult to cover the loss made to its number.

3. Poaching

    • Poaching means illegal hunting. Till 1991 the forests were Roadless, there was no entrance to gorilla inhabited areas but after 1991 roads made by the industrial miners gave easy access to hunter to hunt these gorillas.

4. Diseases

    • Ebola virus also played a great role in the decreasing the population of these gorillas. Ebola virus started in 1994 and destroyed ¾ population in the protected areas where gorillas were safe from poaching.

5. Oil Palm Plantation

    • About 73.8% area inhabited by these gorillas is very favorable for oil palm plantation due to rain, temperature and soil. So the local people are erasing forests to plant oil palm in the area, thus destroying the gorilla habitat.

6. Climate Change

    • The climate change is also responsible for the decreasing quantity of food that is part of gorilla diet as well as quality which automatically affects the lives of gorillas. enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.

Why Is The Eastern Gorilla Endangered

  • In 1996, Eastern Lowland Gorillas were categorized as ‘Critically Endangered species’ by International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Eastern Lowland Gorillas are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Northwest Rwanda and Southwest Uganda. These were the center of Africa’s world war. So these gorillas also become the victim of war.
  • Their life was greatly affected by human activities through different ways.
  • Back in 1994 there were 17,000 Eastern lowland gorillas in the wild which reduced to 3800 in 2015. In 21 years their population has declined by 77%. It is estimated that if such decline in their number continues, so by 2054 there will be 94% decrease in its population.
Why Is The Eastern Gorilla Endangered
Eastern Gorilla

Eastern Gorillas are endangered due to:

1. Habitat Loss

  • Gorilla are losing their habitat due to increasing human population which result in demand for more agricultural and pastoral activities.

2. Civil unrest

  • Civil unrest in the area of gorilla habitat is also one of the prime reason for Eastern Gorillas endangerment. Refugees, internally displaced people and armed forces get shelter in these forests and affects the life of this specie. Around 69% armed forces have taken shelter in these forests which has affected the lives of these gorillas up to great extent.

3. Climate Change

  • Climate change has also played a role in the endangerment of this specie like increasing temperature, modified rainfall affects the food quantity in the area.

4. Diseases

  • Various diseases like respiratory viruses, simplex virus, Ebola virus, malaria and human herpes transferred to them from humans due to increased human interaction is also one of the major cause of their endangerment.

5. Poaching

  • Illegal hunting of these gorillas is one of the main reasons for its endangerment. Scarcity of affordable domestic meat in rural areas also a reason for high poaching rate.

6. Mines

  • Mines set by the rebels and armed forces also took lives of hundreds of Eastern Gorillas.

7. Commercial Trade

  • The young Eastern Gorillas are hunted for commercial trade. While capturing the young ones the elder ones also get killed or hurt. 

Why Are Mountain Gorillas Endangered

  • Mountain Gorilla is a sub specie of Eastern Lowland Gorillas.
  • In 2000 they were categorized as endangered species by the IUCN.
  • According to a survey made by IUCN there are only 880 individuals alive which live in two isolated population, one population is in Uganda and the other is in Rwanda . the distance between the two population is 25 miles occupied by humans.
  • Back in 2007 their population reduced by 2%. It is estimated that there will be 25% reduction in their population by the next generation gap i.e. 20 years.
Why Are Mountain Gorillas Endangered
Mountain Gorilla

Mountain Gorillas are endangered due to:

1. Poaching

    • It is the . main reason behind its endangerment. They are hunted for different purposes. Their heads, hands, and feet and other bones are sold for high prices in the black market.

2. Abduction

    • Abduction of infants for selling to zoos and as a pet is also a reason for its endangerment. One infants price in black market ranges from $1000 to $5000. While catching the younger ones the elder also get hurt and sometime loss their body parts.

3. Habitat loss

    • It is also a big reason behind its endangerment. Rapidly increasing human population and their settlement in the mountain gorillas habituated area is also affecting their lives at a great extent.

4. Diseases

    • Diseases like Ebola virus also took the lives of hundreds of Mountain Gorillas. Many diseases are also transferred to them from humans due to regular human contact with them. Domestic animals and live stock is also a reason for the transformation of many diseases to them.

5. War and Civil Unrest

    • War has also a big part in the endangerment of this specie. Refugees takes shelter in the area where these gorillas are settled. The refugees cut trees to settle in the area and to build farms.

6. Hunting

    • They are also hunted for getting the meat from their body by the locals.

7. Mines

    • Land mines spread over in the area also took the lives of many Mountain Gorillas. Spares made for trapping other animals also trap these gorillas and result in death or injury of these Mountain Gorillas.

8. Agricultural

    • Agricultural and pastoral activities by the locals are increasing day by day which result in deforestation which affects the lives of this specie very badly.

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How Long Do Gorillas Live – Gorilla Lifespan

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How Long Do Gorillas Live

All living things have a certain lifespan which is the average time for which that living thing is going to be alive. Gorillas also have a certain lifespan which starts with their birth, they grow old through it and then it ends with their death. We have gathered complete information about the Gorilla Lifespan which will help you in learning about How Long Do Gorillas Live. You are also going to learn about the lifespan of the different gorilla species both in the wild and in the captivity.

How Long Do Gorillas Live

  • The lifespan of gorillas depends on whether they live in the wild or in captivity.
  • Gorillas usually live longer in captivity due to special care, proper nutrition availability and protection from natural threats and diseases.
  • They live for 35 to 40 years in the wild, while in captivity, they live for more than 50 years.

How Long Do Gorillas Live

What Is The Lifespan Of A Gorilla – Average Lifespan Of A Gorilla

  • The lifespan or life expectancy of a gorilla is a statistical measure of the average expected time a gorilla live for.
  • The average lifespan of a gorilla is 35 to 40 years in the wild.
  • In captivity, gorillas live for more than 50 years.

How Long Do Gorillas Live In The Wild – Gorilla Lifespan In The Wild

  • Gorillas do not live long in the wild as compared to in captivity.
  • In the wild, they are highly susceptible to diseases and other threats, which decrease their lifespan.
  • The normal lifespan of gorillas in the wild is 35 to 40 years.

How Long Do Silverback Gorillas Live – Silverback Gorilla Lifespan

  • A male gorilla is also known as the silverback gorilla.
  • A silverback gorilla lives for 35 to 40 years in the wild.
  • In captivity, a silverback gorilla lives for more than 50 years.

Average Lifespan Of Silverback Gorilla

  • The estimated average lifespan of a silverback gorilla in the wild is 35 years.
  • In captivity, the average lifespan of a silverback gorilla is about 52 years.

How Long Do Gorillas Live In Captivity – Gorilla Lifespan In Captivity

  • In captivity, gorillas usually live longer as they are kept under special care and are given proper nutrition.
  • Their normal lifespan in captivity is up to 50 years.
  • The recorded oldest living gorillas in captivity are Trudy and Fatou, both are 61 years old living at the Little Rock Zoo of Arkansas (USA) and at the Berlin Zoo (Germany), respectively.
  • Before them, the record was held by Colo who died in the age of 60 years.
  • Colo also has the record of the world’s first gorilla born in captivity.
  • Vila was also one of the world’s oldest gorilla died at the age of 60 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, however, she was born in the wild.

Average Lifespan Of Gorilla In Captivity

  • The average lifespan of a gorilla in captivity is up to 50 years.

How Long Do Gorillas Live - Gorilla Lifespan

How Long Does Western Lowland Gorillas Live – Western Lowland Gorilla Lifespan

  • Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) live for 35 to 40 years in the wild.
  • In captivity, they typically have a longer lifespan and often live for more than 50 years.
  • Colo, a western lowland gorilla had 60 years lifespan in captivity.
  • Vila was also a western lowland gorilla in captivity died at the age of 60.
  • The recorded oldest living western lowland gorillas of the world are Trudy and Fatou, both had celebrated their 61 birthday.

Cross River Gorilla Lifespan

  • Cross river gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) live for approximately 35 to 50 years in the wild.
  • Very little is known about the lifespan of cross river gorillas, as this subspecies is not found in captivity.
  • The only cross river gorilla in captivity is Nyango, which is 25 years old.

Eastern Gorilla Lifespan

  • The lifespan of an eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) in the wild is 30 to 40 years.
  • While in captivity, eastern gorillas usually lives for 40 to 60 years.
  • Individuals of this gorilla species do not do well in captivity.

Eastern Lowland Gorilla Lifespan

  • Eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) live for 30 to 40 years in the wild.
  • In captivity, they usually have a lifespan of more than 50 years.

How Long Does A Mountain Gorilla Live – Mountain Gorilla Lifespan

  • Like other gorilla subspecies, the lifespan of mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the wild is 35 to 40 years.
  • According to the World Animal Foundation, the average lifespan of a mountain gorilla in captivity is 53 years.
  • Mountain gorillas usually develop the signs of old age very distinctly.
  • Often, the old individuals suffer from arthritis and periodontitis (gums inflammation), due to which their bones and teeth damage and consequently their lifespan reduced.

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How Much Does A Gorilla Weigh – Gorilla Weight

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How Much Does A Gorilla Weigh

Gorillas are not only strong but also have a well shaped muscular body. Due to their large size they also have considerable weight. We have gathered complete information on Gorilla Weight so that you can have a clear idea of How Much Does A Gorilla Weigh. You will get to know the average weight of gorillas, the weight of both the male & female gorillas, weight of adult & baby gorillas and weight of the largest gorilla in the world.

How Much Does A Gorilla Weigh

  • As gorillas have sexual dimorphism, so the weight and size of both genders have prominent differences.
  • Habitat also influences their weight and they usually grow heavier in captivity than in the wild.
  • Both species and even subspecies of gorilla have different weight ranges.
  • An adult wild male gorilla weighs from 136 to 195 kg.
  • While an adult wild female gorilla weighs from 68 to 113 kg.

How Much Does A Gorilla Weigh

How Many Pounds Does A Gorilla Weigh

  • The weight of an adult male gorilla ranges from 300 to 430 pounds, while that of a female gorilla from 150 to 250 pounds.

How Much Does The Average Gorilla Weigh

  • In 1970, Grove calculated the average weight of 47 adult male gorillas in the wild as 143 kg.
  • While in 1997, Smith and Jungers calculated the average weight of 19 adult male gorillas in the wild as 169 kg.

How Much Does A Full Grown Gorilla Weigh

  • A full grown male gorilla weighs from 136 to 195 kg (300 to 430 pounds).
  • While a full grown female gorilla weighs from 86 to 113 kg (150 to 250 pounds).

How Much Does A Male Gorilla Weigh

  • Male gorillas are usually bigger than female gorillas.
  • Similarly, Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei) are bigger than Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla).
  • The weight range of male Eastern gorillas is 140 to 205.5 kg (309 to 453 pounds).
  • While the average weight of male Western gorillas is about 146 kg (321 pounds) in the wild and 157 kg (346 pounds) in captivity.

How Much Does A Male Gorilla Weigh

How Much Does A Female Gorilla Weigh

  • Female gorillas are usually smaller than male gorillas.
  • The weight of adult female Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei) typically range from 90 to 100 kg (200 to 220 pounds).
  • Females of Eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) subspecies have the average body weight of 90 kg (200 pounds).
  • Female Mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) have an average body weight of up to 100 kg (220 pounds).
  • While adult female Western gorillas weigh up to 80 kg (176 pounds).
  • The average body weight of female Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is upto 90 kg (200 pounds).
  • While female Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) have the average body weight of 100 kg (220 pounds).

How Much Does An Adult Gorilla Weigh

  • An adult male Eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) have an average weight up to 160 kg (350 pounds), while for an adult female gorilla this amount is up to 90 kg (200 pounds).
  • The average weight of an adult male Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is up to 195 kg (430 pounds), while for an adult female Mountain gorilla, this value is up to 100 kg (220 pounds).
  • Male gorillas of the Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) subspecies have average weight up to 140 kg (310 pounds) while females have up to 90 kg (200 pounds).
  • Male adult Cross River gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) have an average weight from 140 to 200 kg (310 to 440 pounds), while adult females have upto 100 kg (220 pounds).

How Much Do A Baby Gorilla Weigh

  • Newborn gorillas have body weight from 3 to 5 pounds.
  • This body weight is about half of the newborn humans, which weigh up to 7 pounds.

How Much Does A Silverback Gorilla Weigh

  • A silverback gorilla is a sexually mature adult gorilla that have silver hair on his back.
  • Silverbacks of Eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) species have average body weight up to 163 kg, however, in captivity, their body weight reaches about 205 kg (452 pounds).
  • The recorded massive silverback Eastern gorilla was weighed 267 kg (589 pounds) shot in Cameron.
  • Silverback gorillas of the subspecies Eastern lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei graueri) have average weight up to 160 kg (350 pounds).
  • Silverbacks of the Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) subspecies have average body weight up to 195 kg (430 pounds).
  • A silverback of Western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) species weighs up to 157 kg (346 pounds) in captivity.
  • The silverbacks of Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) subspecies have an average body weight of 140 kg (310 pounds). They are observed of reaching to the weight of 275 kg (606 pounds) in captivity.
  • The silverback gorillas of Cross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) subspecies have average body weight from 140 kg to 200 kg (310 to 440 pounds).

How Much Does A Mountain Gorilla Weigh

  • Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) is a subspecies of Eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei).
  • Adult full- grown male gorillas of this subspecies have an average body weight of up to 195 kg (430 pounds), while females have up to 100 kg (220 pounds), approximately half of the weight of male individuals.

How Much Does The Largest Gorilla Weigh

  • The recorded largest gorilla in captivity was Phil, the gorilla with 860 pounds (390 kg) weight.
  • It was an Eastern Lowland Gorilla raised in St. Louis Zoo.
  • In the wild, the recorded heaviest gorilla was a silverback weighed 589 pounds (267 kg) shot in Cameron.

How Much Does A Gorilla Weigh – Gorilla Weight

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Where Do Gorillas Live – Gorilla Habitat

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Gorilla habitat

Gorillas are charismatic animals and have been fascinating us by their intelligence for years. They are in danger as they are losing their natural habitat to human settlement. A natural habitat is the only place where animals can survive and live comfortably. Gorilla like all other animals love to live in their natural habitat. We have gathered complete information on “Where do Gorillas Live” and what forms the natural Gorilla Habitat. You are going to learn where the different species of gorilla live and what are the causes of their habitat loss.

Where Do Gorillas Live – Gorilla Habitat

  • Gorillas are native to the continent of Africa.
  • All the species and subspecies of gorillas are not confined to a particular region in Africa.
  • They have a disperse distribution all around the tropical and subtropical forests in Africa.
  • Dense forests, swamps and rainforests are their favorable habitats.

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Where Do Gorillas Live In The Wild – Gorillas Natural Habitat

  • The tropical and subtropical forests of sub-Saharan Africa are the natural habitats of gorillas.
  • The two species of gorilla cover different regions.
  • Eastern gorillas inhabit east central Africa while western gorillas inhabit west central Africa.  
  • Congo river and its affluents separate their home areas.

Where Do Gorillas Live In The Rainforest – Rainforest Gorilla Habitat

  • Gorillas live in the rainforests of Africa on both sides of the Congo river.
  • A rainforest consists of layers; the emergent layer, the canopy layer, the understory layer and the forest floor layer. Each layer play an important role in helping the inhabitants to survive.
  • Gorillas live in the floor layer of rainforests.

Where Do Gorillas Live

 

Where Do Gorillas Live In Africa

  • Gorillas live in the tropical and subtropical forests of Africa.
  • These forests occur in:
    • Angola
    • Republic of the Congo
    • Cameroon
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Central African Republic
    • Gabon
    • the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • the southwestern parts of Rwanda and Uganda.

Where Do Most Gorillas Live

  • Western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) is the most populous species of gorilla.
  • More than 100,000 western lowland gorillas live in the wild and are found in:
    • Cameroon
    • the Central African Republic
    • the Democratic Republic of Congo
    • Equatorial Guinea
    • Gabon
    • The Republic of Congo
  • Individuals of this species live in Primary and Secondary forests, lowland swamps and montane forests of Central Africa.

Where Do Eastern Gorillas Live – Eastern Gorilla Habitat

  • Eastern gorillas (Gorilla beringei) live in montane and sub-montane forests at the Eastern side of Congo river.
  • Their habitats lay at higher elevations, about 2,130 to 13,120 feet above the sea level.

Where Do Mountain Gorillas Live – Mountain Gorilla Habitat

  • Of all the gorilla subspecies, mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) live at the highest peaks of altitude ranges from 2,200 to 4,000 meters above the sea level.
  • Mountain gorilla is a subspecies of eastern gorillas that found in two populations.
  • One population live in the subalpine and cloud forests of the Virunga Volcano mountains.
  • The other one is found in dense forests of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Where Do Gorillas Live

Eastern Lowland Gorilla Habitat

  • Eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) are indigenous to the sub-montane forests, montane bamboo forests and lowland swampy forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • They live at a slightly lower elevation range from about 2,000 to 3,300 meters above the sea level.
  • The important populations of this gorilla subspecies inhabit Maiko and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks and its adjoining forests.

Where Do Western Gorillas Live – Western Gorilla Habitat

  • The habitats of Western gorillas (Gorilla gorilla) lay at the western side of Congo river.
  • They live in montane forests as well as in lowland swamp forests.
  • In contrast to eastern gorillas, western gorillas live at lower altitudes, about 490 to 5,200 feet above the sea level.

Western Lowland Gorilla Habitat

  • Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) mainly live in rainforests and swamp forests at about 1,300 meters altitude from sea level.
  • The average amount of rainfall at their home region is about 1,500 millimeters per year.
  • The individuals of this subspecies usually avoid to live near human villages, roads and farms.
  • They prefer areas rich in edible plants like swamp forests.
  • Majority of the western lowland gorillas are currently live in the forests of the Republic of Congo.

Cross River Gorilla Habitat

  • Like western lowland gorilla subspecies, cross river gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) also like to live in dense forests away from humans’ activity.
  • Forests, where cross river gorillas live, vary in elevation from about 328 to 6,683 feet (100 to 2,037) above the sea level.
  • Cross river gorillas mostly live in tropical and subtropical moist forests (also called tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests) around Cameroon-Nigeria border.
  • Their home area is about 12,000 km2 with estimated population sizes of about 125 to 185 in Cameroon and 75 to 110 in Nigeria.

Where Do Silverback Gorillas Live – Silverback Gorilla Habitat

  • Silverback gorillas are mature adult male gorillas having silver hair on their backs.
  • Silverback gorillas of different subspecies have different habitats.
  • Silverback mountain gorillas live at high altitudes in the forests of Virunga Volcanoes, while silverbacks of eastern lowland gorilla subspecies live at the mountain forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Silverback western gorillas live in montane rainforests and lowland swamp forests at the western side of Congo river.

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Gorilla Habitat Loss

  • Fragmentation of land and severe deforestation are the main factors involved in the habitat loss of gorillas. Such factors significantly reduced the survival chances of gorillas.
  • Other human activities involved in the habitat loss of gorillas are;
    • Logging (cutting of forest for wood)
    • Harvesting wood for fuel
    • Land clearance for plantation
    • Agriculture
    • Human resources exploitation

Mountain Gorilla Habitat Loss

  • Mountain gorillas are losing their habitat due to the fast expansion of human settlements.
  • Near the habitat of mountain gorillas, there is a remote area where more than 100,000 people live.
  • The area is isolated from the rest of the country and does not have transportation links.
  • In such case, the requirement of land for cultivation reduced the mountain gorillas habitat.
  • In 1994, a large number of Rwandan refugees got shield from the Rwandan genocide in camps built near the boundary of Virunga National Park; the habitat of mountain gorillas.
  • That settlement led to an uncontrolled harvesting of wood for fuel and resulted in the reduction of mountain gorillas’ habitat.
  • According to an evidence unveiled by the Congolese Institute for the Conservation of Nature (a partner of WWF), illegal settlers cleared more than 1,500 hectares of mountain gorillas habitat in Virunga National Park in 2004.

Gorilla Habitat Facts

  • All the species and subspecies of genus gorilla are native to Africa.
  • They inhabit the tropical and subtropical dense forests, where temperature ranges between 4 and 25-degree centigrade in cold and hot seasons respectively.
  • Their habitat have daylight for about 12 hours.
  • Congo river separates the habitat zones of the two species of gorilla, eastern gorillas inhabit the eastern side while the western gorillas the western side of the Congo river.
  • All the species, subspecies and even different populations within a subspecies live at different altitudes above the sea level.

Gorilla Zoo Habitat

  • There are about 4,000 gorillas in zoos in different countries.
  • Gorillas usually live longer in captivity due to special care and adequate nutrition.
  • However, they may be susceptible to various human diseases in captivity due to genetic closeness with humans.

Where Do Gorillas Live – Gorilla Habitat

What Do Gorillas Eat – Gorilla Diet

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Gorilla Diet

Gorillas are big and strong and you might wonder What Do Gorillas Eat which make them such strong and muscular. Gorillas are herbivores by nature which means that they mainly eat plants. They are not carnivores which means that they do not eat meat or hunt other animals for food. We have gathered complete information on “What Do Gorillas Eat” which will give you an overview of Gorilla Diet. We have listed down all the fruits and plants that are part of the Gorilla Diet along with their favorite food, the amount of food they eat and the minor diet variation that exists among its different species.

What do Gorillas Eat

  • Gorillas are herbivorous and mainly consume plant material as their diet.
  • It include leaves, stems, roots, young branches, buds, barks, piths, seeds and fruits.
  • Gorillas also eat insects like ants and termites.
  • Occasionally, gorillas also eat soil and ash in a little amount that possibly helps in regulating their digestive system.

What do Gorillas Eat

What Kind of Food do Gorillas Eat

  • As Gorillas are herbivorous in nature, they predominantly consume vegetarian kind of food.
  • Gorillas are also very selective and do not eat a vegetation as a whole, instead they may only eat the foliages, stems, roots, fruits or pith of a particular plant.

What do Gorillas Eat in the Wild – Gorillas Diet in the Wild

  • The diet of Gorilla in the wild depend on vegetations found in their habitat and on the season of the year.
  • As not all plants are evergreen, so in the wild the diet of gorillas change with season.
  • Gorillas also eat some invertebrates like ants, termites, grubs, caterpillars and larvae.

What do Gorillas Eat in the Rainforests

  • In rainforests, gorillas eat leaves, stems, flowers, seeds, fruits, berries, barks and pith of bamboo.
  • They also eat insects especially ants, termites and their larvae.

What Do Gorillas Eat - Gorilla Diet

What do Gorillas Eat in the Zoo

  • A healthy and balanced diet given to gorillas in zoo often include the following components:
  1. Fruits (7 to 8 %)
  2. Green leafy vegetables (50 to 60 %)
  3. Other vegetables (15 to 20 %)
  4. Specially made biscuits known as high-fiber primate biscuits (about 15%)
  • The quantity of these components, especially of fruits and biscuits which are rich in calories, are changed according to the health condition of a gorilla.
  • They are also given eggs and nuts.
  • For drinking, they are sometimes given herbal tea and sugarcanes beside fresh water.

What do Gorillas Like to Eat

  • As Gorillas are herbivorous in nature so they like to eat vegetations.
  • Among vegetarian stuff, fruits are the favorite food of gorillas and it make about 67% part of their diet if available in abundance.
  • Mountain Gorillas also like to eat the leaves, little shoots and sap of bamboo.
  • Ants and termites are the invertebrates mostly eaten by Gorillas, however, they also rarely eat grubs, larvae and caterpillars.

What Plants do Gorillas Eat

  • As all the subspecies of gorilla do not live in the same habitat, so the vegetations they consume vary according to their habitat.
  • Every species and even sub-species of Gorilla consume different number and species of plants and insects, which indicate that they have a food culture.
  • Western Gorillas consume high-fiber diet including foliages, stems, barks, flowers, fruits, piths, insects and soil.
  • Eastern Gorillas live at high altitude in the montane and sub-montane forests of East Central Africa where fruits are shortly available, so a large part of their diet comprises of foliages.
  • Fruits of the genera Dialium, Landolphia, Chrysophyllum and Tetrapleura make a large part of the diet of Gorillas if available in abundance.
  • In case of insufficient availability of fruits, they consume woody vegetations and low-quality herbs.
  • In dry season, they eat vegetation having more fibers like the bark and leaves of Aframomum and Palisota.
  • According to suggestions made on the basis of some pharmacological and ethnographic studies, some specific foods (such as the seeds and fruits of many Cola species containing caffeine) eaten by Gorillas possibly have medicinal value.
  • Western Gorillas living in Gabon eat the stems, roots and fruits of Tabernanthe iboga, which is a psychedelic shrub that have a simulating effect on the Central Nervous System and in large doses can induce hallucinations due to the presence of a compound Ibogaine.

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What Fruits do Gorillas Eat

  • Gorillas eat banana, guava, apple and other such common fruits in captivity.
  • However in the wild, gorillas eat about more than 100 types of fruits of different plants found in their habitat.
  • The favorite fruits of Gorillas in the wild are of the genera Dialium, Tetrapleura, Chrysophyllum and Landolphia.

What Do Gorillas Eat

What do Baby Gorillas Eat

  • Gorillas are mammals and feed its younger ones with mother’s milk.
  • Baby gorillas exclusively depends for diet on their mothers for the initial five months of life.
  • Their mothers feed them at least once per hour till the age of five months.
  • After five months, baby gorillas start eating some vegetation.
  • At the age of about 18 to 20 months, baby gorillas are fed by their mothers at least one time per two hours.
  • Baby gorillas are weaned at the age of about six years, and after this age their diet totally comprises of vegetations like adult gorillas.

What do Gorillas Eat for Lunch

  • Gorillas do not take specific diet for lunch, dinner or breakfast.
  • In the wild they eat what they found of their choice, like foliages, fruits and some insects.
  • However, in captivity they are given specific diet for lunch, dinner and breakfast.

What do Gorillas Eat for Protein – Gorilla Protein Diet

  • As gorillas do not eat meat, eggs or dairy products, so vegetation is their basic source of proteins to develop strong muscles.
  • Gorillas also eat caterpillars, ants and termites that also provide them some proteins.
  • Ants and termites are also rich in calcium and iron.

What Animals do Gorillas Eat – Gorillas Diet Meat

  • Gorillas do not eat meat or flesh of other animals, however, they eat some invertebrates like caterpillars, termites and ants.
  • As Gorillas are primates, it means they have a well-developed nervous system which need Vitamin B12 for normal functioning.
  • Vitamin B12 founds only in the foods of animal origin like meat and dairy products, and do not found in the vegetarian diets eaten by gorillas.
  • So what is the source of Vitamin B12 in the diet of gorillas?
  • A satisfactory answer of this question is that gorillas do not wash vegetations before eating and it have a little amount of soil, particularly the root and stem parts.
  • Gorillas also sometimes eat soil and ash.
  • Soil have numerous bacteria rich of Vitamin B12, a possible source of Vitamin B12 in their diet.

What Do Mountain Gorillas Eat – Mountain Gorillas Diet

  • The Mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) inhabits the regions of high elevation that have fruit trees in deficient amount.
  • So, fruits make a very little part of their diet, which is only about 2%.
  • They eat other parts of the plants like leaves, stems, buds and barks as a greater part of their diet, which makes about 86%.
  • The plants they consume belongs to about 142 different species.
  • Plant roots and insects make about 7% of their diet.

What Do Eastern Lowland Gorillas Eat – Eastern Lowland Gorillas Diet

  • The Eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri) consume plants of about 104 species.
  • They have a very diverse diet, which change with seasons.
  • Fruits make up about 25% of their diet if abundantly available, however, they commonly consume leaves and pith.

What Do Western Lowland Gorillas Eat – Western Lowland Gorillas Diet

  • The Western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) consume more fruits, which make about 60% of their diet.
  • In the quest of fruits, Western lowland gorillas travel more than any other subspecies of gorilla, that is about 1100m per day.
  • They eat plants of about 97 different species most of which seasonally produce fruits.
  • About 40% of their diet comprises leaves, stems, seeds and insects like ants, termites and caterpillars.

What Do Cross River Gorillas Eat – Cross River Gorillas Diet

  • The Cross river gorillas (Gorilla gorilla diehli) consume multiple herbs of the genus Aframomum of family Zingiberaceae (commonly known as Ginger family) found in the tropical regions of Africa.
  • However, in rainy seasons they like to eat Anchomanes difformis species of the genus Anchomanes (which is native to the tropical regions of Africa) of family Araceae.
  • Like other Gorilla subspecies, Cross River Gorillas also eat fruits, other parts of vegetation and invertebrates. However, it is unknown that all these things make what percent of their diet.

What Do Silverback Gorillas Eat – Silverback Gorillas Diet

  • A silverback gorilla is an adult male gorilla, and consume the similar stuff like the other individuals of his species or subspecies, but at high quantity.
  • Their diet comprises foliages, fruits, stems, seeds, pith, etc and insects like termites, ants and caterpillars.
  • The percentage of all these things in their diet depends on their habitat and the time or season of the year.
  • As Silverbacks have double weight and size than their female mates, they also consume approximately double quantity of stuff as compared to them.

How Much Food Does A Gorilla Eat A Day

  • An adult male Eastern Lowland Gorilla (largest of all the four subspecies of Gorilla) consume approximately 30 kg of vegetations every day, while this amount for an adult female individual of the same subspecies is about 18kg.
  • Adult male gorillas of other subspecies consume about 18 to 20 kg of plants every day, while females consume about half of this amount.

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