The biggest of the world's primates!
Gorillas are the biggest of the world’s primates and live in the forests in select parts of Africa. The gorilla population is sadly much lower than it used to be meaning that gorillas are an endangered species.
Gorillas are herbivores, eating vegetation, fruits, shoots, berries and leaves. An adult male gorilla is able to consume up to 27 kg of food every day. Gorillas are thought to be the most closely related to chimps and humans. It is said that the DNA of gorillas is 98-99% identical to human DNA!
The gorilla is a very sociable animal inhabiting the African wilderness if groups from around 5 to 30 gorillas. The gorilla spends most of its time eating, sleeping and grooming the other gorillas. Gorillas move about by walking on their knuckles which helps to support the gorilla’s weight
The gorilla is considered to be a highly intelligent animal on a similar level with humans and dolphins. The real extent of the gorilla’s intelligence is unknown, however one gorilla bred in captivity was successfully trained in human sign language.
The senses of a gorilla are very similar to the senses of the human and include hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight, although the sight of the gorilla is not quite as acute as the sight of the human but the gorilla is thought to be able to see in colour vision.
The gorilla spends the night sleeping in a nest which the gorilla makes out of leaves and other plant materials. The nest of the gorilla is shaped like a bowl and is where the mother gorilla will sleep with the baby gorillas.
Despite what many people think, the gorilla is not an aggressive animal as the gorilla is known to be shy and peaceful in nature. The gorilla will generally only display aggressive behaviour towards another animal if the gorilla feels under threat but the gorilla will only tend to make lots of noise rather than attacking an unwanted intruder.View all 46 animals that start with G
Gorilla Scientific Classification
- Scientific Name
- Troglodytes Gorilla
Gorilla Conservation Status
- Main Prey
- Leaves, Fruit, Flowers
- Rainforest and dense jungle
- Human, Leopard, Crocodile
- Average Litter Size
- Favorite Food
- The biggest of the world's primates!
Gorilla Physical Characteristics
- Skin Type
- Top Speed
- 25 mph
- 35-50 years
- 100-200kg (220-440lbs)
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Gorilla FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Are Gorillas herbivores, carnivores, or omnivores?
Gorillas are Herbivores, meaning they eat plants.
What Kingdom do Gorillas belong to?
Gorillas belong to the Kingdom Animalia.
What class do Gorillas belong to?
Gorillas belong to the class Mammalia.
What phylum to Gorillas belong to?
Gorillas belong to the phylum Chordata.
What family do Gorillas belong to?
Gorillas belong to the family Hominidae.
What order do Gorillas belong to?
Gorillas belong to the order Primates.
What type of covering do Gorillas have?
Gorillas are covered in Hair.
What genus do Gorillas belong to?
Gorillas belong to the genus Gorilla.
In what type of habitat do Gorillas live?
Gorillas live in rainforests and dense jungles.
What is the main prey for Gorillas?
Gorillas eat leaves, fruit, and flowers.
What are some predators of Gorillas?
Predators of Gorillas include humans, leopards, and crocodiles.
How many babies do Gorillas have?
The average number of babies a Gorilla has is 1.
What is an interesting fact about Gorillas?
Gorillas are the biggest of the world’s primates!
What is the scientific name for the Gorilla?
The scientific name for the Gorilla is Troglodytes Gorilla.
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