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Western Lowlands Gorillas

Western Lowlands Gorillas

Distribution

Western Africa

Diet

Herbivore

Habitat

Tropical Forests

Latin Name

Gorilla gorilla gorilla

IUCN conservation status

These giants among primates live in family clans led by a dominant male called the silverback.

Strict Herbivores Weighing up to 275 kg

Mainly folivorous (leaf eaters), western lowland gorillas also include fruits, buds, seeds and roots in their diet. These big primates are active between 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. spending their time eating and napping.

Powerful and Muscular, They Rely on Intimidation to Avoid Confrontation

Gorillas are the strongest primates in the animal kingdom: unlike humans, their arm muscles are more developed than their leg muscles. Before they strike, males generally try to intimidate their opponents: by screaming, faking attacks, drumming on the chest, etc.

A Tight and Complex Family Life

Groups usually consist of a family unit comprising an adult male and two or three females with their offspring. While the young are in close contact with their mother during the first months, they spend more time with each other in the following months. The male is very protective and gentle with his offspring.

Pushed to the Brink of Extinction, Only Drastic Measures Will Save Gorillas

Gorillas bear the brunt of Africa's armed conflicts, loss of habitat, hunting and poaching, and human-transmitted diseases. Despite the creation of protected areas, the lack of resources makes it difficult to protect their habitats.

Featured animal

Jawara

Date of birth

February 8, 1998

Weight

360.8 lb / 164 kg

Profile

Accompanied by his brother Zwalani, Jawara moved to Granby Zoo in 2006.

Fun fact

Jawara is very cooperative during biomedical trainings. Our technicians keep him motivated with special rewards like nuts, which he loves!

Featured animal

Zwalani

Date of birth

January 14, 2000

Weight

371.8 lb / 169 kg

Profile

Zwalani arrived at the Zoo de Granby in 2006 with his big brother Jawara. Both were born in the Calgary Zoo, but left when they reached adulthood in order to avoid conflicts related to dominance!

Fun fact

Curious and cheeky, Zwalani learned his best tricks from his brother. With a branch, he can easily knock over a bucket of water or pull a bowl of nuts closer to him. Nothing can stop this gorilla!

Featured animal

Louis

Date of birth

May 12, 1999

Weight

391.6 lb / 178 kg

Profile

Louis was born at the St. Louis Zoo and arrived at the Granby Zoo in February 2020, after a stay of over 15 years at the Philadelphia Zoo. The gorilla became a web sensation in 2018 after a video of him walking upright on his hind limbs went viral.

Fun fact

Louis is imposing, primarily due to his stature (just under 2 meters when standing upright). He puts this to use, especially with new technicians, by giving some intimidating displays when he doesn't recognize faces. The big guy also doesn't like getting his hands dirty.

Featured animal

Kuchimba

Date of birth

June 29, 2002

Weight

327.9 lb / 149 kg

Profile

Kuchimba already formed a bachelor male duo with Louis at the Philadelphia Zoo before arriving at the Granby Zoo in February 2020. He is the smallest of our 4 male gorillas.

Fun fact

Kuchimba has a generally gentle temperament, especially in the presence of the technicians who care for him. However, he can sometimes be playful during biomedical training. He particularly enjoys peanuts and fruits as treats.

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