Gorilla Facts

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 :).

Gorilla Word

Gorilla word has come from the Greek Word “Gorillai“. Which means “Hairy Woman”.

Closest relatives to humans

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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 the group. A group may have of as many as 50 members and as few as 2 members.

Troops or bands are the names given to the group of gorillas.

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.

Food factors

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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.

Body Structure

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 a unique nose print.

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 from 2003 to 2005.

In Rwandan forest, two young gorillas teamed up to find and destroy traps. Because one of their band members died due to the traps.

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