Mountain Gorillas

To save them we need to know them better

Fact File

Average lifetime: 35 years

Live: Central Africa: Democratc Republic of Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda

Habitats: dense forest and rain forest

Size: 1.8 meters

Weight: 136 kg to 220 kg

Predators: leopards, crocodiles, humans

Discovered: 1902

Intelligence: 70 and 95 on a human scale

Behavior: travel in group (up to 30 gorillas in each group), they are shy and retiring

Babies: females give birth for the first time about age 10 and will have more offspring every three or four years

Remaining: 820 mountain gorillas

Endangered because of: uncontrolled hunting, war, disease, destruction of its forest habitat and capture for the illegal pet trade

Extinct: they might become this century

What is being done: WWF take donations, they improve livelihoods and encourage sustainable use of resources.

Captivity: no

Diet: Vegetarians and their favorites include wild celery, bamboo, thistles, stinging nettles, bedstraw and certain fruits; these plants seem to provide sufficient moisture so that gorillas do not need water


By Rebekka Hecksher