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Transcript of Gorilla
Sub Phylum: Vertebrata
An adult male gorilla
135-180 kg. (298-400 lbs)
An adult female gorilla
68-113 kg (150-249 lbs)
Gorillas have a brownish
An adult female gorilla's
height is 1.4 to 1.5 m.
( 4.5 to 5 ft )
An adult male gorilla's
height is 1.7 to 1.8 m.
( 5.6 to 5.9 ft)
The average lifespan of a gorilla is 30-50 years.
Gorillas usually live longer when in captivity
than in the wild.
Gorillas are largest of all
Since gorillas grow gray hair like humans adult male gorillas are also referred to as silver backs. They are called this because of the the silver hair that grows on the gorillas back.
mammals, so they are warm
Gorillas have long arms and shorter legs. They also have a bulky body and a wide chest.
Gorillas have fur all over their bodies except their fingers, palms, face, underarms, and the soles of their feet.
Much like humans, gorillas have 5 fingers with an opposable thumb on one hand. And 5 toes with an opposable big toe on one foot.
Gorillas don't drink water very often because they usually get the amount of water they need from their diet.
Gorillas are terrestrial animals.
Gorillas live in rain forests in western Africa.
Gorillas crawl on their hands and feet, they rarely walk using their legs. They also climb trees.
Gorillas breath using their lungs.
Gorillas are able to reproduce when they are 10-15 years old.
Their mating season is year round and only the silver back gorilla has the right to mate. Their gestation lasts for about 8.5 months. Female gorillas usually give birth to only one baby each time with the rare chance of twins. Female gorillas give birth around every four years.
Newborn gorilla babies are a grey colour
and have little to no hair on their bodies, weighing only 3-4 lbs.
-Male gorillas begin to grow silver hair at around 13 years old.
-Gorillas leave their mothers when they are 3-4 years old.
can be indentified by their noseprint and their fingerprints
live in groups called troops
are able to see in colour
communicate using gestures, sounds, posture and even facial expressions
cry with sounds rather than tears
are ticklish and can laugh when tickle
Two gorillas (Micheal and Koko) were taught how to use sign language to communicate with humans.
Koko the gorilla is the only gorilla that uses sign language today. She can also understand spoken language. Koko herself taught her adoptive brother gorilla named Micheal how to sign, but Micheal sadly passed away.
Micheal was able to express his feelings through art.
They are endangered due to:
Gorillas are an endangered species.
Gorillas are the quiet, gentle, laid back type. They don't really like to start fights, they are also non-territorial. The head of a group of gorillas, called a troop, is the silver back. The silver back gorilla is usually much more aggressive than other troop members. The silver back gorilla also make all the group decisions and gets most of the food.
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-Gorillas begin crawling when they are 4 or 5 months old and begin to eat a vegetation diet when they are about 6-7 months old.