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Today’s animal of the week is Western Lowland Gorillas. I first came across these animals on Planet Zoo and I thought they would be interesting to do at some point. So today is the day!
Animal Of The Week:
Western Lowland Gorilla
Species Name: Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla (and yes, that is their scientific name!))
Conservation Status: Critically endangered
Fun Facts: 1) Gorillas are the largest primate species, but Western Lowland Gorillas are the smallest gorilla subspecies. 2) Male Western Lowland Gorillas are much larger than female Western Lowland Gorillas. Adult males weigh an average of 300 pounds but can weigh up to 500 pounds; they stand up to 6 feet tall. Adult females weigh from 150 to 200 pounds and stand up to 4.5 feet tall. 3) Gorillas tend to communicate through gestures and movements instead of sound, but can be heard making loud noises.
How Does Climate Change Affect Them?: Changes in weather patterns and temperatures can affect their food supply, cause stress and increase the chance of forest fires, which cause even more habitat loss. They can also enable new diseases to develop and spread which the gorillas will have little or no immunity to.
Planet Zoo Wiki:
Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute:
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International:
I hope you enjoyed reading and have a good week!
Also, yesterday we did a guest post on Tall Blonde Tales, so if you would like to read that here is the link: https://tallblondetales.com/2021/05/08/guest-post-from-project-eco-deforestation/
And here is the link to Tia’s blog: https://tallblondetales.com/
We wrote about the theme of deforestation and what we can do to stop it.
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Sources: Planet Zoo Wiki, Wikipedia, WWF, Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute, The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International