Scientific nameGorilla gorilla and Gorilla beringei

Types of Species: Eastern Gorilla and the Western Gorilla.

Type: Mammals

Diet: Herbivore

Average life span in the wild: 35-40 Years.

Weight: 100–270 kg

Height: 4-6 Ft.

Status: Endangered

Habitat: Forests

Fun Fact

  • The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to the humans.
  • Gorillas have hands and feet like humans including opposable thumbs and big toes.
  • Some gorillas in captivity have learned to use sign language to communicate with humans.
  • Gorillas live around 35 years. They can live longer, up to 50 years, in captivity.
  • They sleep at night in nests. Baby gorillas will stay in their mother’s nests until they are around 2 ½ years old.
  • They are highly intelligent and have now been observed using tools in the wild.