Get to undertand the basic information and facts about the gorillas.
No primate exceeds in size and magnificence to these animals. They are bigger than chimpanzees, orangutans, and gibbons; therefore, they have the title of “the largest primates in the world”. They also are very close relatives to humans, as millions of years ago they shared, along with chimpanzees, a common ancestor, and that is why they have some similar characteristics to humans, such as a relatively large brain compared to its body and opposable thumbs.
The mountain gorillas live in groups that can vary in size from 2 to 30 to 40, but most often in groups of 11. There is no mating season and babies are born all year long. Males start breeding at about 15 years of age and females give birth from 10 to 12 years old. Females will give birth every two to three years giving 4 to 6 offspring during their lifespan.
Males leave their group at about 11 years of age while a little over half of the females will leave their group.