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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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