Kingdom : Animalia
                     Class : Mammalia
                  Family : Hominidae
   Scientific Name : Gorilla Gorilla

                 Size(H) : 1.4m - 1.7m 
                                 (4.7ft - 5.5ft)
                 Weight : 100kg - 200kg 
                                 (220lbs - 440lbs)
           Top Speed : 40km/h (25mph)
            Life Span : 35 - 50 years

                Colour : Black, Grey
           Skin Type : Hair
Special Features : Large head and
                                long arms
  1. The Western Gorilla is a great ape that lives in the jungles of Africa.
  2. Western Gorillas look daunting, are huge, heavy and dark brown or black in colour.
  3. They are omnivorous, usually eating fruits but also eat leaves, nuts and small animals.
  4. Their opposable thumbs make it easy for them to pluck and peel fruits.
  5. Western Gorillas are diurnal animals, active during the day and resting at night.
  6. They have very few predators such as crocodiles or large cats such as leopards.
  7. When threatened they stand up, beat their chests and make rumbling noises to intimidate.
  8. Usually Western Gorillas are peaceful creatures by nature who don’t attack or fight unnecessarily.
  9. They are not territorial, travelling long distances as a group in search of food.
  10. Western Gorillas are intelligent enough to fashion tools and use them for gathering food.
  11. Western Gorillas are social animals and live in groups of 2 – 20 called troops.
  12. Western Gorillas communicate with each other through gestures, vocalization, movements and posturing.
  13. Each group consists of an alpha male, a few females and their offspring.
  14. Gestation period is approximately 8 -9 months and usually only one baby is born.
  15. Babies are cared for solely by the mothers for about 3 – 4 years.
  16. Upon maturing, both male and female Western Gorillas leave their groups to join others.
  17. Western Gorillas are endangered due to poaching and loss of habitat due to deforestation.
  18. Western Gorillas are polygamous and can live for about 40 years on an average.

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