by: Isaac Narmandakh
There are 4 types of gorillas. The 4 are western lowland gorillas, eastern lowland gorillas, Cross River gorillas, and mountain gorillas. They all live in the rain forests of Africa near the equator. The mountain gorillas live in altitudes up to 13,000 feet where it is freezing at night. The lowland gorillas stay on the grounds of the forest where it is hot. The environment is humid and very hot. The gorillas live with heir family and travel with their family or groups of 12-20 gorillas (Susman). Gorillas live in forests because there is a good food supply. Low land gorillas live in forests where it is hot all year but it does rain nearly everyday. Mountain gorillas live in forests that grow on slopes of volcanoes. Here is often cloudy and cold (Morgan 9).
- An adult male could eat up to 70 pounds of vegetation per day (Fleisher 45)
- Moms stay and protect their babies until they are fully grown (Brewer 28)
- Gorillas sleep 12-13 hours each night and take naps during the day (Brewer 36)
- They are very shy and will not attack unless you attack first (Smith)
- In the wild, under half of young gorillas die before they are 3 years old (Morgan 13)
- Gorillas have 4 different types of teeth: incisors, canines, premolars and molars (Morgan 18)
- Male gorillas produce a strong smell from armpits when angry or frightened (Morgan 23)
- Females are smaller than males (Smith)
- Females make a nest for sleeping (Smith)
- Gorillas were not known to science until 1847 (Susman)
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