Mountain Gorilla

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Mountain Gorilla

Silver Back male gorilla

Four dead mountain gorillas that were illegally killed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A family of Mountain Gorillas

Mountain GorillaBy Eva Cliffe

A mother gorilla caring for her young

DietAs well as its cousins; the Western Lowland, Eastern Lowland and Cross River Gorillas, the Mountain Gorilla is a vegetarian. It has a remarkable strength for breaking and eating vegetation and eats variety of plants. Its favourites include wild celery, bamboo, thistles, stinging nettles, bedstraw and certain fruits. The Mountain Gorilla does not need water, because it gets the moisture it needs from the juicy fruits and leaves it eats.

Gorillas rarely attack humans, but you should always stay still and don’t point or stare at it if you ever encounter one. Gorillas suffer from parasites and diseases, especially pneumonia throughout the long wet season.

Physical AppearanceThe Mountain Gorilla is a massive animal with a broad chest and shoulders. It has shaggy black hair and small brown eyes. This Gorilla’s big head supports a long black, shiny, hairless muzzle and its arms are much longer than its stubby legs. The older males grow a crown of muscle and hair, which makes their head look even larger. Fully grown males can grow up to twice the size of females.

HabitatThe Mountain Gorilla lives in forest habitats high up in the mountains of the Congo Basin, as it’s name mentions. The Congo Basin is in Africa and the heights of the mountains that they live in can be at elevations from 8,000 to 13,000 feet tall. Its biggest threat is habitat loss because humans are clearing the forests that it lives in, for restricted natural resources, such as fire wood. The loss of its habitat is also due to the growing population of humans and their need for land.

A naughty infant gorilla playing hide and seek with his mum

A proud Silver Back male patrolling the forest and keeping his group safe from danger

The Mountain Gorilla, or Gorilla Beringei Beringei, is critically endangered and there are around 880 left in the wild. It can grow up to 4 to 5 ½ feet and weigh up to approximately 200 kg. It lives in a forest habitat in the Congo Basin and is a vegetarian. It’s main predators are leopards but mainly humans so we need to help protect them.

PredatorsThe Mountain Gorillas only known predators are Leopards, Mankind and sometimes Crocodiles. Habitat loss is also a main killer of this gorilla. Humans hunt Gorillas for bush meat and it has become a big threat to this animal. The hunters trade the dead gorillas bodies for money.


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