∙Scientific Name: Gorilla beringei∙Common Name: Mountain Gorilla By: Dontae’ Williams
“Habitat” • Virungas is surrounded by rich volcanic soil. • Some habitats for Mountain Gorillas maybe tourist attraction. • Tropical Secondary and montane forests and east central Africa.
“Behaviors” • Male Gorillas expand there home territory, they overlap extensively.(Watts 1994) • The females usually join another group or with a single male. • Of all the great apes Gorilla show the most stable grouping patterns. • Gorilla groups can contain 40 to 50 gorillas.
“Reproduction” • Gorilla start to breed around the age of 9. • They mate any season. • Infants die from the slow reproduction rates.( usually of diseases). • Female approach males to indicate they’re ready to reproduce.
Why Are They Endangered? • Gorillas are one of the most endangered animals in the world. • The are an estimate of 600 living in 2 populations of about 300 each. • Gorillas was some what protected until the civil war and the park protection disappeared. • Most killing was by poachers. • Gorillas was killed in snares, and were caught for there meat and parts. • There are only about 786 mountain gorillas that still remain in the world.
How we can help? • You can adopt a gorilla •Go to AWF.org and donate money to their foundation.
“5 Questions” • How many Gorillas can a group of gorillas can contain? • What killed almost all of the gorillas? • What kind of habitat do a gorilla live in? • How can we help the gorillas out? • When did the gorillas stop being protected as much as they use to?
“Websites” • www.yog2009.org • www.outtaafrica.nl/animals/enggorilla.html • www.worldwidelife.org/.../mountaingorilla/mountaingorillas.html • www.awf.org/content/action/detail/4109 • www.bio.davison.edu