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.
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.
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
Republic of the Congo
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
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
Recycle electronics to stop coltan mining
Spreading awareness about gorillas and what they are facing