The Western Lowland Gorilla

By: Jakob Morehead


Did you know the Western Lowland Gorilla has a nose print instead of a finger print? Today you will learn about a gorilla’s description, diet, habitat, and their threats/conservation, so get reading! Oh, and one more thing; gorillas are really amazing animals!


Description

Gorillas have many features or ways to describe them. Males are usually five point five feet when upright, and three hundred through four hundred pounds. Females are usually four point five through five feet when upright and two hundred pounds. Gorillas have many other ways to describe them such as: an overhang at the tip of their nose, think springy hair, a white tail tuft (not tail patch of fur), a red patch of fur on their heads and Silverbacks have whitish backs. That’s some of the many descriptions for a Western Lowland Gorilla.


Diet

Gorillas eat many things. Gorillas are omnivores because they eat insects and plants. The fruits they eat are mangoes, bananas, and oranges. The insects are some beetles, termites, and ants. They also eat leaves, shoots, roots, and vines.

Habitat

Gorillas live in many places of Africa. Gorillas live in the forest, Congo, and rain forest. And gorillas live in the lowland tropical forest of Central Africa and the subtropics. Gorillas also live in Cameroon and Central Republic.

Threats/Conservation

Gorillas have many threats. Some of their threats are hunting and trade, habitat loss, climate change, and ebola, this makes them endangered. They are endangered because people are hunting them and ebola (which is a disease) is killing them. We need to stop these by finding a cure for ebola and giving it to gorillas that need it and not hunting gorillas.

So, how did you like the article? If you like it that probably means you like the gorilla and if you like the gorilla you are probably just like me because I love gorillas. P.S. Another fact about the gorilla is they are the strongest and biggest ape as well as being the closest animal to a human.

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