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. The destruction of…show more content…
Their life span is about 45 years in captivity and about 35 years in the wild      There are three different types of gorillas in the groups. There is the silverback male. Silverbacks are the adult males. They get silver hair on their back as part of their growing process, just like when boys grow up and get mustaches and beards. The silverback is the leader of the group. He is the father to all of the young in his group, and he likes to play with the older ones. Sometimes there are two Silverbacks in the group, and they share the responsibilities of leadership, but one is usually more powerful than the other. 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
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