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Western Lowland Gorilla facts

Western Lowland Gorillas

Shy vegetarians, these great apes have black to grayish or reddish-brown hair that covers the body except on face, soles of hands and feet, and upper chest. All males acquire a silver-gray color across the back and upper thighs at sexual maturity. Males have an enlarged sagittal crest, which is a bone ridge on the top of the cranium.


SIZE:
MALE Up to 1.7 m (5.5 ft)
FEMALE Up to 1.4 m (4.5 ft)


WEIGHT:
MALE Up to 182 kg (400 lbs)
FEMALE Up to 102 kg (225 lbs)
DIET:
More than 200 types of plants: fruits, stems, flowers, shoots, bulbs, bark, leaves, pith, as well as invertebrates such as termites and ants; seasonal frugivores.


GESTATION:
250-285 days


SEXUAL MATURITY:
MALE 11 years
FEMALE 6.5 years


LIFE SPAN:
40 years in zoological setting; wild studies of longevity have only been going on for 10 years, so far life span is inconclusive.
Natural Location:
African countries of Cameroon, Peoples Republic of Congo, Gabon, Central African Republic, and Equatorial Guinea

 

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