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Western Lowland Gorilla

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Silverback gorillas, sexually mature males with silvery-white hair, are powerful and exceptionally large. They preside over family groups called troops. Gorillas have a complex communication system, using facial expressions, chest-beating and vocalizations to communicate with each other. Like humans having unique and individualized finger prints, gorillas have unique and individualized nose prints!

Silverback gorillas (males) can reach a body weight of nearly 400 pounds.  Whereas females may weigh up to 150 pounds.

Western lowland gorillas are recorded to live between 40-50 years of age under human care.  


Native to equatorial Africa, gorillas live in lowlands, swamps and forests.

Lives at Audubon Zoo

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