Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)
Details of Mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei)
The mountain gorillas have two populations: one is found in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and oher in the Virunga volcanic mountains in south-west Uganda; in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
They are listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. The Mountain gorillas live in forests high in the mountains. They are primarily herbivores, eat leaves, shoots and stems, also bark, roots, flowers and fruits. They are very social and live in groups.
The mountain gorillas have thicker and longer fur then other gorillas as they live in colder temperatures. They also tend to be a bit larger than other gorillas. Mountain gorillas are usually active from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Most of their day is spent in play, climbing trees and chasing one another.
Standing height - 1.2 to 1.8 m
Weight - 135 to 220 kg
Life span - 35 -50 years