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Gorilla Gifts

Gorillas are the largest of the living primates. They are ground-dwelling and predominantly herbivorous. They inhabit the forests of central Africa. Gorillas are divided into two species and either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is 98%–99% identical to that of a human, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the two chimpanzee species. Gorillas live in tropical or subtropical forests. Although their range covers a small percentage of Africa, gorillas cover a wide range of elevations.

Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Each typically leads a troop (group size ranges from 5 to 30) and is in the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop. Blackbacks may serve as backup protection.


Gorillas are large primates, they are known to be generally peaceful, family-oriented, plant eating animals.

Gorilla Classification:

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Gorilla

Species: There are currently 3 sub-species of gorillas: the Western Lowland Gorilla, Eastern Lowland Gorilla, and the Mountain Gorilla.

Gorilla in Foreign Languages:

Armenian: Gorilla
Belarusian: Harýla
Mandarin: Dàxingxing
Czech: Gorila
Dutch: Gorilla
Estonian: Gorilla
Finnish: Gorilla
French: Gorille
German: Gorilla
Greek: Gorílas
Hindi: Gorilla
Hungarian: Gorilla
Italian: Gorilla
Japanese: Gorira
Korean: Gorilla
Navajo: Mágítsoh
Norwegian: Gorilla
Persian: Goril
Portuguese: Gorila
Romanian: Gorila / Gorile
Russian: Gorílla
Serbo-Croatian: Gorila
Spanish: Gorila
Swahili: Ngagi
Swedish: Gorilla
Thai: Gor-rin-lâa / Ling-gor-rin-laa
Turkish: Goril
Ukrainian: Horýla


Conservation Status:

Size: The gorilla is the largest of all primates. Male gorillas are 5.6 to 6 feet tall, and weigh 300 - 500 lbs. Female gorillas are up to 5 feet tall and weigh 50 - 200 lbs.

Habitat: Gorillas are found in Africa. Gorillas primarily inhabit tropical forest habitats. The western lowland gorilla inhabits the tropical forests of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon, Congo, and Equatorial Guinea. The eastern lowland gorilla inhabits the tropical forests of Eastern Zaire. The mountain gorilla inhabits the high altitude tropical forests of Zaire, Rwanda, and Uganda. The Cross River gorilla inhabits a small area between Nigeria and Cameroon.

Description: Gorillas are large primates, with the exception of their face, palms and the soles of their feet, gorillas are covered with course black hairs.

Behavior: Gorillas move around by knuckle-walking. Ocassionally gorilla's will walk bipedally for short distances, especially when carrying something.

Diet: Grown adult male gorillas consume more than 40 lbs of vegetation a day.

Communication: Gorillas are highly intelligent and communicate through a series of 22 distinct sounds.

Did You Know?

The name "gorilla" was derived from an ancient account by a Carthaginian explorer who sailed along the west coast of Africa nearly 2,500 years ago. Local people shared their name for the great ape with him - the rough translation of which meant "hairy person".

Gestation: Gorilla's carry their young for 8.3 to 9 months.

Birth: Gorilla's give birth to litters of one, ocassionally there are litters of 2. Newborn gorillas are 4 to 5 pounds at birth.

Sexually Mature: Female gorilla's are sexually mature around 10 years of age, while male gorilla's are sexually mature at 13 years of age.

Life Span: The gorilla's average life span in the wild is 35 years.

Did You Know?

Female gorillas carry their young on their back.

Social Structure: Gorillas live in groups called troops. Troops tend to be made of one adult male or silverback, multiple adult females and their offspring.

Gorilla Gifts




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