Gorilla Research Paper

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Common name- Gorilla
Scientific name- Gorilla gorilla class- mammalia order- primata family- pongidae genus- gorilla The gorillas live mainly in coastal West Africa in the Congo, Zaire, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon. Gorillas live in the rain forest. They usually live on the ground but build nest in trees to sleep in. Gorilla troops keep a 15-20 square mile range which often overlaps the range of other troops. There are three different kinds of gorillas. The eastern lowland gorilla the western lowland and the mountain gorilla. They are herbivores and eat only wild celery, roots, tree bark pulp, fruit, stems of many plants and bamboo shoots. They spend nearly half their day eating.
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and then there are the young and their mothers. Gorillas build makeshifts each night after a day of looking for the plants and berries that they eat. The females usually sleep in trees on platforms made of small branches and leaves, while the older male sleeps on drier grass at the base of the tree. Gorillas make 15 recognizable sounds that have specific meanings. A hooting sound is used for an alarm or to note an unusual event. Other calls are sharp grunts for giving discipline and low calls are used for moving to a new nesting area. When gorillas beat their chest they are usually showing intimidation or a display of power. The gorilla has no natural enemies but if an intruder appears, the young and the female go to safer ground. If the intruder runs away it will be caught and killed, but if it just stands there it will not be harmed. Fights between gorillas rarely ever happen and are resolved through threatening gestures. The intelligence of the gorilla is still being explored. The gorilla shows more persistence and memory in solving a problem and is more likely to perform a task out of interest unlike its nearest relative, the chimpanzee which will only do it if he gets an award. Gorillas can also identify geometric shapes more correctly. The gorilla, KoKo, was taught how to do sign language and was taught almost over 1000
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