Facts about gorillas

Some species of gorillas are endangered, this is the fault of man. Their significance in nature is further enhanced by the fact that they are close relatives of man, because their DNA is 98% similar to human DNA. Find out even more by reading our list of interesting facts about gorillas.

  • In total there are about 700 mountain gorillas, they live high in the mountains, in a protected park in Africa.
  • During the first few months after the birth of the baby, the mother holds the baby on her breast.
  • Adult males are called silverback, because they are distinguished by silvery fur that grows on their backs.
  • Gorillas live in families, in each family the main silverback, which scares off other animals, it rises on its hind legs and beats itself in the chest.
  • Young males, as a rule, leave their families when they are 11 years old, and already at the age of 15 they have their own family.
  • A young female gorilla joins a new family at the age of about 8 years.
  • Gorillas are herbivores. Most of the day they spend in search of food. They eat mostly bamboo or deciduous plants, but sometimes they can also eat small insects.
  • An adult gorilla a day can eat up to 30 kilograms.
  • The growth of an adult gorilla is about 1 meter tall by the shoulders when walking on all fours, using the arms and legs.
  • Gorillas live from 40 to 50 years.
  • Gorillas are considered very intelligent animals. They are able to use some tools, as well as communicate with various gestures. Some gorillas who live in the zoo have learned sign language.
  • Gorillas are under threat of extinction. Their habitat collapsed when people began to use the land for agriculture, and trees for fuel.
  • Gorillas also killed poachers, and sometimes they fell into poaching traps destined for other animals.