In the thick jungles of Africa lives one of mankind’s closest relatives. They have fascinated us for generations, always making a popular attraction in zoos and nature parks. Large and powerful, yet peaceful, they are truly impressive beasts that have an overbearing presence. They are, of course, the mighty gorilla, an animal that has become the stuff of legends. They have inspired Hollywood and been the subject of research as we look to find out what we can about them.
Although they are gentle giants, gorillas can react with overwhelming force if that feel that they or their families are threatened. Astonishingly powerful, no man is a match for their strength and few other predators can hope to compete. Despite this, they will mainly live out their lives peacefully foraging for their favorite foods and spending quality time with the rest of their troop. They are highly sociable and intelligent and have even been known to be able to communicate directly with man. Sadly, these wonderful creatures have suffered terribly from mankind’s influence on Earth, and are at risk of becoming extinct.
These majestic animals have fascinated us for as long as we can remember, and researchers have continued to find out what they can about them. We have learned a great deal, including some amazing facts.
Gorilla Fact #10: Big Animals
Gorillas are very large animals. In the wild, a female will grow to be around 150-250 lbs. The males are considerably larger and will grow to be around 300-400 lbs. Males will generally grow to be around 5 ft 11 in tall and have an arm span of around 8 ft 6 in. The tallest gorilla on record was a silverback that stood at 6 ft 5 in and had an arm span of 8 ft 10 in. He weighed in at 483 lbs and had a chest measurement of a whopping 6 ft 6 in. The heaviest on record was a silverback that weighed in at 589 lbs. When living in captivity, male gorillas will often reach weights in excess of 600 lbs.
Not only are gorillas very large, they are also very powerful. Their upper bodies are packed with muscle, making them incredibly strong. Their skeletons have evolved to be able to support a great deal of mass, even if they are not particularly tall.
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