Brookfield Zoo Animal Bulletin
Western Lowland Gorilla
Western lowland gorillas' main predators are humans, who hunt them for meat or clear their habitats for development. Large cats, like leopards, are the only other threat. The western lowland gorilla scares off predators with its large size and loud roar.
Young gorillas are very similar to children. They stay close to their mothers and spend their days playing.
Western lowland gorillas can be difficult to study due to their shy and calm personalities.
Mother and Young
Young gorillas ride on their mothers back from 4 months old to 3 years old.
Habitat & Diet
While in the wild, the gorilla eats leaves, herbs, shrubs, vines and other vegetations and fruits. When at the zoo, the gorilla can be seen eating monkey chow, apples, oranges, bananas, grapes, sweet potatoes, carrots, celery, onions, green beans, spinach, kale, parsley, and escarole or romain lettuce.
- They can live to be almost 50 years old.
- The western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, having an estimated 95,000 left in the world.
- They are very intelligent animals and have even learned sign language!