Cool Gorilla Facts for kids

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  • Gorillas are the largest living Primate. Humans are also primates.
  • Gorillas are very smart and have been taught to use tools in captivity.
  • They communicate using gestures, body postures, sounds, and by slapping their chests.  Some gorillas living in captivity have even been taught sign language.
  • Gorillas are shy animals, they are not aggressive.
  • Like humans Gorillas have 5 toes on each foot and 5 fingers on each hand.
  • Gorillas have a small ear on each side of their head and 32 teeth.
  • Unlike humans, gorilla arms are longer than their legs.
  • Gorillas walk using their legs and knuckles.
  • A Gorilla can be 6ft tall and weigh 500 pounds.
  • Gorillas are herbivores meaning they don’t eat meat.
  • Gorillas can eat up to 50 pounds of food each day.
  • They eat leaves, berries, plants, fruits, flowers, shrubs, vines and sometimes small insects.
  • Gorillas can live 35 years in the wild and over 50 years in captivity.
  • Adult male Gorillas (over the age of 12) are called silverbacks.  This is because the hair on  their backs start to turn from black to gray.
  • Gorilla’s live in groups of 6-12 called bands or troops.  They consist mostly of one silverback, a couple of females and their young.
  • A female Gorilla is pregnant between 8.5-9 months.  They give birth to 1 baby at a time.
  • A baby Gorilla starts to crawl around 2 months and walk by 9 months.  They stay with their mothers for 3-4 years.
  • There are two main species of Gorillas. Eastern Lowland and Western Lowland.
  • Eastern Gorillas live in  the tropical forests of Democratic Republic of the Congo and along the borders of Uganda and Rwanda.
  • Mountain Gorilla are a sub-species of Eastern Gorillas.
  • Western Gorillas live in the forests of Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola and Nigeria.
  • Cross River Gorillas are a sub-species of the Western Gorilla.
  • Gorillas are an endangered species. They are endangered mainly due to loss of habitat and being  hunted by humans.
  • Their only predator are humans.

 

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