Gorillas are closest living relatives to humans after the chimpanzees and bonobos. They have similar DNA to human. These large apes are native to Africa. They live on the ground and eat herbivorous. Gorillas are divided into two groups, the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas. Let’s see some Gorilla facts :).
Closest relatives to humans
DNA of gorillas and humans are 95-98% are identical.
Contraceptives pill of humans are equally effective to gorilla.
Gorilla can be affected by human body disease.
Gorilla usually lives in
Troops or bands are the
The leader of bands is called silverback. It is the most dominant male in band and can be identified by the strip of grey hairs on his back
After the death of silverback, the band members move on separate ways and join the new groups
If a young male gorilla challenges silverback to become new leader and wins. Then the band remains intact.
Gorillas build nest to sleep.
Gorillas eat vegetation such as wild celery, shoots, roots, fruit, tree bark and tree pulp.
In a single day, a male can eat up to 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of vegetation.
Sometimes they eat small animals and insects.
The digestion process continuously goes on in the gorilla to digest the food. So farting in gorilla is a common thing.
A mature gorilla can be 6ft tall and weigh 225 kilograms (500 pounds).
Gorilla’s hands are bigger than the legs.
61% of them walk using legs and knuckles and remainder uses all part of the hand, like palm
Humans have fingerprints but Gorillas have nose print. Every gorilla has
World’s largest primates
Gorillas are the world’s largest living primates.
Like humans, female gorillas give birth to one child at a time after a nine-month pregnancy.
Female gorilla gives birth to a child in the period of 5-6 years. In entire life give birth to only three or four children.
Gorilla’s child ride on mother’s back for transportation from the age of 4 months to age 2-3 years.
Some other Gorilla Facts
Like a squirrel, gorillas are too a friend of the environment. They also play a vital role in seed dispersal.
A gorilla was paid $500 for shooting cover photo for National Geographic.
Gorillas are fond of petting the frogs.
70 to 95% gorillas in d’Odzala National Park, Congo died because of Ebola virus
In Rwandan forest, two young gorillas teamed up to find and destroy traps. Because one of their band members died due to the traps.