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1Gorillas By Jaideep May 15, 2012 Renzulli Independent Project Frazer Elementary
2At the end there will be a quiz, so pay attention! IntroductionToday I would like to inform you about gorillas.I will talk about:Types of gorillasDiet & BehaviorReproductionGorilla FunCelebrity GorillasEndangered SpeciesAt the end there will be a quiz, so pay attention!
3All of these live in Africa Types of GorillasBefore now there were three types of gorillas, the mountain gorilla, the eastern lowland gorilla, and the western lowland gorilla. Recently there has been a change stating there are two species of gorillas, and four subspecies:Western gorilla (Gorilla gorilla) SpeciesWestern Lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) SubspeciesCross River gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) SubspeciesEastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) SpeciesMountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) SubspeciesEastern Lowland gorilla (Gorilla beringei gruaen) SubspeciesAll of these live in Africa
4Map of Africa where gorillas are located HabitatMap of Africa where gorillas are locatedMap courtesy of WikipediaEastern gorillasWestern gorillas
5A Day at the Cleveland Zoo I also went to the Cleveland Zoo to get more info on gorillas.
6What do gorillas eat?Gorillas eat a variety of foods. Their diet includes:FruitsRootsLeavesBamboo shootsTree barkBugsSo they are mainly vegetarians. These foods can be found in the western and eastern parts of Africa.
8Where do gorillas sleep? Gorillas sleep on the ground. They usually build a nest out of the branches they find on the ground. The pack leader decides when they sleep. The pack leader also decides where they rest. The gorilla pack leaves their nest when they are done sleeping and they don't clean it up!
9GroupsGorillas come in groups of 6 to about 30. There is one pack leader, some females carrying the babies, and juvenile males. The pack leader is a mature gorilla male that has a silver stripe down its back. A gorilla group is called a troup.
10ReproductionThe gorillas gestation period (the time it takes for the infant to form in the mother's abdomen) is about 9 months just like humans. The same gorilla can become pregnant several times in her life. The mother has its first baby when it is about 6-7 years old.
11ChildrenGorillas have 1 child at a time. There is rarely a time when a mother has twins or multiple babies at once. An average newborn gorilla weighs 4 to 10 pounds and is inches long. They are dependent on the mother until they are about 6 months old.
12LifespanGorillas can get up to 40 years old, and the record is 55 years by Colo at the Columbus Zoo, but some die in the first 3 years because of diseases. These diseases that kill are a result of the gorillas going to the bathroom in their nests.
13PredatorThe gorilla doesn't really have many predators, except for wild cats such as:JaguarsCheetahsLeopardsLionsFor protection gorillas use "weapons" they create out of sticks that they find. The gorillas don't have to worry much, because gorillas don't normally meet these predators in the wild.
14Gorilla FunGorillas also like to have fun! Watch this video of a gorilla dancing! Dance, gorilla, dance!
15Koko the talking gorilla Koko is a female gorilla who learned American sign language. She was born in the San Francisco Zoo on July 4th, At the age of three, Koko got a gorilla friend named Michael who also learned sign language. Koko now lives with Francine "Penny" Patterson in Woodside, California. Penny has recently been trying to find Koko and Michael a new home in the forests of Maui, Hawaii.Watch this video of Koko.
16Koko - The Talking Gorilla Watch this video of Koko speaking to usabout endangered gorillas.
17Gorillas are endangered Gorillas are endangered because their habitats are getting cut down in Africa. There are only a few thousand left. All you have to do to help is plant more trees for their home.Help protect the gorillas!
18Gorilla pop quiz 1. What do gorillas eat? Answer: Fruits, Roots, Leaves, Bamboo shoots, Tree bark, and Bugs2. Who is the gorilla(s) that learned sign language?Answer: Koko and Michael3. Are gorillas endangered?Answer: Yes, there are only a few thousand left in their natural habitats of Africa4. What is the gorillas predator(s)?Answer: Wild Cats such as Jaguars, Cheetahs, Leopards and Lions5. How old is the mother when she has her first baby?Answer: 6 to 7 years old6. How many gorillas are in a troup?Answer: 6 to 30 gorillas