Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) - Africa,
Cameroon's, Gabon, West Zaire, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania. The Gorilla
is the largest of the great Ape family. They are usually peaceful in
their every day life. Their eyes and ears are small and their nostrils
are raised. Gorillas move about on all fours most of the time which
is called "Knuckle-walking". They use the third and fourth digits
of their curled hands to support their weight while knuckle-walking. The massive
arms are longer than the heavy legs. Much of their day is spent looking
for food. Gorillas reproduce about every four years. The
female gorilla will give birth to a single young after a gestation period
of nine months. At about five months the young can walk and climb.
They stay with the mother for three years. A male Gorilla is about
ten years old when the fur on his back turns silver (silverbacks).
Gorillas travel around long distances and end up making a nest in the trees
of twigs and sticks each night.
This is a Gorilla from the Omaha
The Gorilla's diet:
Leaves, plants, stems, wild celery, fruit, shoots, ginger roots, herbs,
bark, ferns, stalks, flowers, thistle and bamboo.
Kinds of Gorilla:
Eastern Lowland Gorilla, Western Lowland Gorilla and Mountain Gorilla.
This is a Gorilla from the North
Gorilla A Gorilla's life
is usually peaceful in the wild. There is one female alpha who dominates
over the others. Adolescent gorillas, called black backs, usually leave
the family when they reach maturity. Young Gorillas stay with their
mother for two years. They learn at this time important skills to help
them mature. The Silverback, named for their silver-gray saddle of fur
on their backs, are definitely the leaders. He leads them to good eating
areas and protects them from intruders. When a male Gorilla spreads
his arms, they measure about 8 feet across.