- Domain Eukarya: Can be single celled or multicellular and has a nucleus.
- Kingdom Animalia: All are multicellular, heterotrophs and ingests food and digest it in an internal cavity.
- Phylum Chordata: Chordates have a notochord (which is a cartilaginous skeletal rod supporting the body), bilateral symmetry, and a complete digestive system.
- Subphylum Vertebrata: Has digestive system with large digestive glands, 2 sexes and ventral heart with 2-4 chambers.
- Class Mammalia: Has differentiated teeth, replaced once in a life-time, 4 chambers to heart and secondary palate separating air and food passages in the mouth.
- Order Primates: Recognized based on characteristics of skull, limbs and teeth, well-developed tibia and fibula in the hind leg, pentadactyl feet ( having five toes or fingers), include first toe with a nail, others use digits, nails and claws.
- Family Hominade: Hominades are omnivorous (which means that their food is of both plant or animal origins) , good climbers, well-known for social behavior and makes use of nests and gives birth to single young.
- Genus Gorilla: This genus only includes the gorilla.
- Species: gorilla gorilla
- Height: The western gorilla usually is 14-17.5 m tall.
- Weight: The males usually weigh about 136-181 kg and the females usually weigh about 72-98 kg.
- Color: The western gorilla has short black fur, the top of the head is brown and has no hair on its face.
- Geographic Range: The western gorilla can be founded in Equatorial Africa, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Angola and in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Habitat Description: The best habitat for the gorilla is tropical secondary forests and has an open canopy that allows light to the forest floor.
- Diet: Gorillas eat leaves, stems, pith, seeds ,insects, herbs, shrubs, vines, fruits & vegetation.
- Predators: Western gorillas have only two predators, humans and the leopards.
This map shows where the western gorilla lives.
A group of gorillas is called a band.
When gorillas walk on all fours, it's called "knuckle walking".
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