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Gorilla gorilla


Weight: Females 70-140kg; males 135-275 kg.

Habitat: They are forest-associated animals. Most inhabit lowland tropical rainforests and montane rainforests between 1500-3500m.

Age to Maturity: Females 7-8 years; males 9-10 years.

Gestation Period: 251-295 days.

Birth Rate: 1 young every 3.5-4.5 years

Maximum Age: 35 years (wild). 54 years (captive).

Diet: The diets of the eastern and western species differ considerably. Eastern animals are predominantly folivorous, but those in the west eat great quantities of fruit. Eastern species feed primarily on leaves, shoots and stems. They rarely drink - they get their moisture from the plants they eat.

Threats: Hunting and forest clearance for agriculture and timber are the main threats.































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