Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla and Gorilla beringei) are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa. They are some of the most powerful and striking animals, not only for their size and force, but also for their gentle, human-like behavior. Gorilla social groups typically consist of an adult male or silverback, multiple adult females and their offspring. Group size is usually 5-10 individuals, but can vary from 2 to over 50 members. The bond that a silverback has with his females forms the core of gorilla social life. Gorillas are mainly plant eaters and spend almost half of the day feeding on stems, bamboo shoots, and a variety of fruits, supplemented with bark and invertebrates.
EASTERN LOWLAND/GRAUER’S GORILLA (G. B. GRAUERI)
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