Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)
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Species: G. gorilla
Subspecies: G. g. gorilla
Pelage: Black short fur, top of head is brown, face hairless.
|Distribution & Status||Behavior & Ecology|
|Range: West & Central Africa
Habitat: Tropical & montane rain forests, including forest swamps.
Critically Endangered (2016 assessment)
Population in Wild: 150,000 to 255,000; rapid declines since early 2000s
|Locomotion: Quadrupedal knuckle walking / cautious climbers
Activity Cycle: Diurnal
Social Groups: 4-6 adults. Male silverback dominates.
Diet: Leaves, stems, pith, fruit, seeds, insects
Predators: Man, leopard
|Reproduction & Development||Species Highlights|
Male: 12-15 years
Female: 8.5-10 years
Gestation: 8.5 months
Birth weight: ~4.4 lbs
Age at Weaning: 3+ years
Longevity: 30-40 years in wild, 50 in managed care
© 2006-2018 San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. Updated 2018. Conservation update 2016. Amended IUCN update 2018.
How to cite: Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) Fact Sheet. c2006-2016. San Diego (CA): San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance; [accessed YYYY Mmm dd]. http://ielc.libguides.com/sdzg/factsheets/ westernlowlandgorilla
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