Gorillas do not drink water, this is because they eat succulent vegetation most of which is composed of water and morning dew so they get enough moisture from their food. Gorillas use most the day to feed.
Mountain gorillas can consume up to 142 species of plants, 86% consisting of shoot s, stems and leaves found common in their habitat, 2% fruits, 3% flowers, 2% flowers and 7% roots. Western lowland gorillas can eat up to 97% of plant species and 67% consists of fruits, 17% leaves and seeds and 3% termites, insects and ants. The eastern lowland gorillas consume about 104 species of plants with the highest percentage consisting of plants. Cross river gorilla diet mainly consists of stems, fruits, leaves, pith and small invertebrates.
Mountain gorillas have long and strong canines that help them in chewing vegetation even bamboo, they eat most of the day by starting foraging at 6 am in the morning then take a midday rest before they start to forage again in the afternoon. By 6pm in the evening mountain gorillas build their nests where they sleep until morning.
Gorillas live on higher elevations with cold temperatures but they have long and thick fur that helps them to adapt to their environment, they are entirely herbivores animals who feed mainly on vegetation, male gorillas can consume up to 30 kilograms of vegetation in a day while females can eat up to 18 kilograms.
Gorillas have 98% DNA similar to that of humans making them man’s close relatives together with chimpanzees and bonobos. They have long and thick fur that helps them to adapt to the cold environment in which they live in. Mountain gorillas are the world’s largest apes found in Volcanoes national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Virunga National Park in Africa. There are slightly more than 1000 mountain gorillas left in the world.Tags: Travel Information