Western Lowland Gorilla
- Domain Eukarya: Four kingdoms fit into this group, kingdom protista, anamalia, fungi, and plantae. All cells in domain eukarya have a nucleus. All cells are multicellular or single celled.
- Kingdom Anamalia: Kingdom anamalia cells are heterotrophs which means they rely on each other for their food. Animal cells lack cell walls. Most animals reproduce sexually.
- Phylum Chordata: Phylum chordata animals have bilateral symmetry. They have a complete digestive system. They have a segmented body, including segmented arms.
- Sub-phylum Vertebrata: All of them share a vertebra column. All of them have a simple body plain consisting of a head, trunk, 2 pairs of appendages, and a postanal tail( means of, pertaining to, involving, or near the anus). Vertebrates include fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals.
- Class Mammalia: All mammals share at least 3 characteristics, 3 middle ear bones, hair, and the production of milk. Mammalian hair is present in all mammals in some point of their lives. Their hair has many functions, including insulation, color pattering, and aiding in the sense of touch.
- Order Primates: Most order primates live in tropical forests. Living primates are divided into two groups, the Strepsirrhini, and the Haplorrhini. They have an extra characteristic which is a first toe with a nail
- Family Hominidae: Hominids have strong, powerful bodies. Hominids are the largest primates. Hominids have a large braincase.
- Genus Gorilla: This genus only includes the gorilla.
- Species: Gorilla gorilla
- Height- Male gorilla's are usually 1.75 meters tall with bent knees. Females are usually 1.25 meters tall.Overall on average gorilla's are 5 to 6 feet tall.
- Weight- Males usually weigh larger than females. Male gorilla's on average weigh about 180 kg. Females are usually weigh half the size of male gorilla's.
- Color- Gorilla's on average have a jet-black hair that covers there body, except for their face, ears, hands, and feet. When gorilla's get older there jet-black hair is lost with age and grows to be more grayish.
- Natural Range- Gorilla's are mostly found in central africa.
- Diet- Gorilla's are herbivores so they don't eat any meat. They usually eat leaves, berries, ferns, and fibrous bark. Gorilla's usually eat their food in the morning and the afternoon. They get their food form climbing trees, or searching for it on the ground.
- Habitat Description- Gorilla's live in Africa's tropical secondary forests, where much light reaches the forest floor.
- Predators- Gorilla's only have one predator, humans.
When a baby gorilla is born it weighs about 4 pounds. Since they weigh so little they are able to cling to their mothers' fur.
Momma and baby gorilla
Baby gorillas are nurtured by their mothers until they reach the age of three.
Natural Range Map
This picture shows the general area where western lowland gorillas can be found.
Momma and baby gorilla
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