Western Lowland Gorilla

Gorilla gorilla

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Western Lowland Gorilla silverback ("La Kwanza") & family 2005.

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RANGE: Africa.  Nigeria to W. Zaire

HABITAT: Rain forest up to 10,000 feet. Live in social groups. Can be a  competent tree climber.

SIZE: Male 5 - 6 feet  Female 4-5 feet

DIET: Leaves, buds, stalks, berries, bark, ferns, bamboo, fruit, vegetables, nuts, raisins. It is said do not  need to drink water but obtain moisture from their diet.

CONSERVATION STATUS: Endangered. Estimated 100,000 in the wild. Threatened by hunting and the "bushmeat" trade.

NOTES: There are two races of gorilla in Africa. This lowland gorilla (or western race) and the mountain gorilla (or eastern race).

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