Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Western Lowland Gorilla


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Gorilla gorilla gorilla
PROFILE:

Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, and disease. You can help! The Dallas Zoo participates in Eco-Cell, a cell phone recycling initiative. Mining for coltan, a mineral used in cell phone production, has led to a loss of habitat for gorillas. When you recycle your phone, you help lower the demand for newly-mined coltan. Bring your old phones to the Zoo and drop them off at locations at the Zoofari Market, the Jake L. Hamon Gorilla Conservation Research Center, or the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo Discovery House.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Primate, Hominidae (great apes and humans)
NATIVE TO:
Africa: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, equitorial Guinea, Gabon, and Nigeria
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Critically endangered
DIET:
Herbivore
LIFESPAN:
Wild - average 30-40 years; zoos up to 50 years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Social; groups of 10-20 individuals
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