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The western lowland gorilla is found primarily in lowland tropical forests, particularly where there is dense ground-level vegetation, and in swamp forests.
Gorillas are the largest of the great apes; they stand up to six feet tall with an arm span of eight feet. Gorillas live in family groups, called troops, of 5 to 30 individuals. They sleep in trees, usually a different one each night. The females and youngsters will build comfortable nests of leaves and branches, while the silverback will settle in at the foot of the tree to protect his family. Gorillas use vocalizations, visual signals, and scents to communicate, and have at least 25 recognized vocalizations, including: grunts, growls, whines, chuckles, hooting, and high pitched barks. Over the last 20 – 25 years, gorilla numbers have declined by more than 60%. Their small, scattered populations are threatened by increasing human development that causes direct predation and habitat loss.
Your Adopt-an-Animal donation will be used to support these great apes and further the San Francisco Zoological Society’s mission to connect people to wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action. An adoption of a western lowland gorilla makes a great gift for friends, coworkers, family or for yourself!
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