Gorilla Facts

Gorilla Fact Sheet

About Gorillas

Gorillas are mammals, meaning they have live birth, drink milk from their mothers, and have hair.

Gorillas are also primates, which means they have opposable thumbs, large brains, and forward facing eyes.

About Gorillas

Lastly, gorillas are apes, which means they are very large primates with no tails, and they are closely related to humans.

Gorillas and humans are both in the same family, Family Hominidae.

Dian Fossey

In 1967, Dian Fossey started Karisoke Research Center to study the previously mysterious mountain gorilla, and because of her efforts now we know a lot more about the species today.

All species and subspecies of gorillas are critically endangered, which means they have a very high risk of extinction

Gorillas live in Africa, in the following countries:

Republic of the Congo
Central African Republic
Gabon  Democratic
Republic of the Congo
Equatorial Guinea

Gorillas have different life stages, just like humans.

When they are first born, baby gorillas are called infants

Between the ages of 4-8, gorillas are considered juveniles-they become more and more independent from mom and spend more time with friends, playing, and exploring their environment.

Before they become mature, adolescent male gorillas are called blackbacks

Adult male gorillas are called silverbacks, because as they mature the hair on their backs turns a light silver color

Gorillas are terrestrial animals, which means they spend most of their time on the ground

They do climb trees, but this is not where they spend the majority of their time

Gorillas move by knuckle-walking, meaning they walk on their hands and feet with their knuckles bent under their fingers

Gorilla Habits

Gorillas in the wild can live to be up to 30-40 years old

Gorillas eat a lot of things, including leaves, bamboo, fruit, bark, stems, and morel

Gorillas are very peaceful and quiet animals, but when they want to communicate, they do so through grunts and grumbles, or by small changes in body language

Gorillas Are Threatened By Many Issues

Losing their forest home to coltan mining and deforestation

Accidental snaring and poaching

Disease transmission between gorillas and humans

We can help gorillas by doing a number of things:

Help protect gorillas in the wild by supporting the Dian Fossey Gorilla
Fund International

Recycle electronics to stop coltan mining

Spreading awareness about gorillas and what they are facing

Adopt a gorilla!

Just like our gorilla protection teams, you can help save gorillas every single day. Symbolic gorilla adoptions have a meaningful and immediate impact in the lives of the planet’s last wild gorillas and make great gifts!  You can ensure gorillas are protected all day, every day by adopting a new family member today!


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