Explore the wonderful world of gorillas.

Did you know that gorillas spend approximately 25% of their day eating, and that around 85% of their diet comes from leaves, shoots and stems? These are just some of the amazing facts contained within our new poster resources for youngsters eager to learn more about this amazing species. This edition looks at the beautiful mountain gorillas found in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and is packed full of fascinating facts and fun activities for you and your friends.

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CRITICALLY ENDANGERED

The powerful mountain gorilla, now critically endangered with only around 880 left in the wild. The mountain gorilla is one of four surviving gorilla subspecies. They’re found in just two isolated populations – in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, and the Virunga volcanoes – which span the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

HABITAT

They’re found in high-altitude montane and bamboo forests – sometimes at elevations of 4,000m – where they mainly eat leaves, shoots and stems. Mountain gorillas generally live in groups with several females and their young, and one dominant male. Dominant males are known as ‘silverbacks’ because they have a patch of silver hair on their back and hips – which they develop when they’re about 12-15 years old.