General

Gorilla

posted: 04/29/14
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Gorilla

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: The Congo, Uganda and Rwanda and other parts of Africa.

What I Like to Eat: We are herbivores and like to feast on fruits, plants, roots and leaves

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: We have 32 teeth just like you humans.

Who We Are: We are great apes and the largest of the living primates. Primates is a family classification that includes humans, apes and monkeys. We are one of four species of great apes that are the closest living relatives to you.

Behavior: We have our own way of communicating with one another: using our posture, facial expressions, drumming, odors and through the sounds we make. We also can be taught to understand human language and communicate in sign language. We can even laugh and cry (we cry with sounds and not tears) and show many of the other emotions that humans exhibit.

Socialize: We are naturally shy creatures, but just like humans, we live and play in groups. A dozen gorillas can be found in any one group at a time. The leader is the oldest gorilla and is called the silverback. He is responsible for leading a family of female gorillas. He decides where we live, eat, where and when we sleep for the night and even when we wake up the next morning.

Our Lifetime: We are known to live to the ripe old age of 50 and even older.

Babies: Our female gorillas have one baby at a time. The babies are nursed and nurtured by their mothers until they reach the age of three.

Endangered: We are on the endangered species list. What's a threat to us? Climate change, logging and land development, poaching for our meat and diseases like Ebola.

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