Gorilla (Western Lowland)

Kumbuka the gorilla at ZSL London Zoo

What they look like

Gorillas are the largest apes. They have a brown to black coat with mature males developing a whitish-silver saddle on their back resulting in the name ‘silverbacks’. They have longer arms than legs, brown eyes and no tail. 

Animal facts

These largest living primates live in small groups led by a silverback male. Aggression is often avoided by threat displays such as chest beating. It can take up to 2-3 months for them to recognise and accept a new zookeeper. Gorillas often only glance at each other. Staring can be rude in gorilla company.

What they eat

Fruits, leaves, seeds and stems. Our gorillas eat 5kg of food every day.

Habitat

Lowland tropical forest.

Where they live

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo and Equatorial Guinea.

Threats

Deforestation for farming and timber and poaching for the bushmeat trade and souvenir trophies.

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Population
Decreasing
Order
Primates
Family
Pongidae