Favorite Wildlife Friday this week features an African animal which actor and environmentalist Leonardo DiCaprio has supported a campaign to prevent destruction of its habitat.
- There are two species: the Western and Eastern, both of which are classified as endangered.
- I have dark brown to black hair and black skin.
- I live in a group called a troop. A troop is comprised of an adult male, multiple females and their offspring.
- Adult males are called silverbacks because of the distinctive patch of silver hair on their backs. Silverbacks weigh around 180 kg, which is twice the size of an adult female.
- I communicate using a range of vocal and visual communication signals. One distinctive signal involves an adult male beating its chest with its fists in response to a threat.
- I’m mainly a ground dwelling animal and move around by knuckle walking.
- I am the largest living primate.
- I’m being pushed to extinction by habitat loss, the bushmeat trade, poaching and disease.
I am the gorilla. Leonardo DiCaprio supported a campaign to prevent destruction of the species’ habitat in the Congo for coltan to produce mobile phones.
Blog post by Nikela Volunteer Danielle Bo0byer