by : Janelle Edmiston Evan Carter Jr. Green and Jadon Adkins
description: "Height: Around 5.5 feet when upright (males); 4.5-5 feet when upright (females). Weight: 300-450 lbs (males); around 200 lbs (females). Lifespan: 30-50 years."/40-50-science kids -http://www.defenders.org/gorilla/basic-facts They are independent creatures and go solo unless it has a baby then it travels with them until old enough to live on its own.
Conservation: Ebola is 1 of the number one of the number 1 threats to gorillas in 2015. Another threat is hunting and trading gorillas after they hunt them. They are endangered but not quite critical. Habitat loss is also affecting our gorilla population. 95,000 gorillas are left.
offspring: They ride on each others backs as babies. 26% of baby gorillas die in the first year of living Their litter size is 1 baby.
diet: "Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla): This subspecies consumes parts of at least 97 plant species. About 67% of their diet is fruit, 17% is leaves, seeds and stems and 3% is termites and caterpillars. Western lowland gorillas eat a variety of vegetation."
fun facts: "An adult male gorilla is called a silverback because of the distinctive silvery fur growing on their back and hips. Each gorilla family has a silverback as leader who scares away other animals by standing on their back legs and beating their chest!"