Adopt-a- Gorilla

The closest relatives of gorillas are chimpanzees and humans, all of whom diverged from a common ancestor about seven millions years ago. 

Adopt-an-Animal: Western Lowland Gorilla

These gentle giants, weighing in at up to 400 pounds, live in groups, called troops, of five to 30 individuals led by a silverback male whose authority is seldom challenged. They can grow up to 6-feet tall with an arm span of eight feet.

Gorilla habitat ranges from mountain forests to swamps. Western lowland gorillas, the species we have here at the San Francisco Zoo, live in swamps and lowland forests where they eat fruit, leaves, grasses and insects. In zoos their diet consists of much of the same food items. Their young mature slowly, nursing until they are around two and staying close to their mothers until the age of 10 or 12. In the wild, these primates can live to be 35-40 years old. Western lowland gorillas are critically endangered, with approximately 100,000 remaining in the wild.  

Your gift will be used to support the San Francisco Zoological Society and further our mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature and advance conservation action. An adoption of a gorilla makes a great gift for friends, coworkers, family or for yourself!

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