Der Chef der Gruppe will, dass nur er und seine eigenen Kinder sich vermehren. Wie vermehren sich Gorillas? Ein Gorilla-Baby trinkt Milch an. Ein fünfjähriger Junge fällt in einem Zoo in England in ein Gorilla-Gehege. Machtlos und geschockt stehen die Erwachsenen an dem Gehege. Gorillas sind die größten und schwersten Menschenaffen. Ein ausgewachsenes Männchen kann bis zu zwei Meter groß werden und bringt
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Adult male mountain gorilla Gorilla gorilla beringei in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. A silverback western lowland gorilla Gorilla gorilla gorilla.
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The western lowland gorilla Gorilla gorilla gorilla inhabits the lowland rainforests from Cameroon to the Congo River.
The gorilla Gorilla gorilla is the largest of the apes and one of the closest living relatives of humans. Get a Britannica Premium subscription and gain access to exclusive content.
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Gorillas, unlike chimpanzees or orangutans, tend to sleep in nests on the ground. The young nest with their mothers, but construct nests after three years of age, initially close to those of their mothers.
A gorilla's day is divided between rest periods and travel or feeding periods. Diets differ between and within species. Mountain gorillas mostly eat foliage, such as leaves, stems, pith, and shoots, while fruit makes up a very small part of their diets.
Eastern lowland gorillas have more diverse diets, which vary seasonally. Since fruit is less available, lowland gorillas must travel farther each day, and their home ranges vary from 2.
Eastern lowland gorillas will also eat insects, preferably ants. Termites and ants are also eaten. Gorillas rarely drink water "because they consume succulent vegetation that is comprised of almost half water as well as morning dew",  although both mountain and lowland gorillas have been observed drinking.
Gorillas live in groups called troops. Troops tend to be made of one adult male or silverback, multiple adult females and their offspring.
Silverbacks also have large canine teeth that also come with maturity. Both males and females tend to emigrate from their natal groups. For mountain gorillas, females disperse from their natal troops more than males.
Mature males also tend to leave their groups and establish their own troops by attracting emigrating females. However, male mountain gorillas sometimes stay in their natal troops and become subordinate to the silverback.
If the silverback dies, these males may be able to become dominant or mate with the females. This behaviour has not been observed in eastern lowland gorillas.
In a single male group, when the silverback dies, the females and their offspring disperse and find a new troop.
Joining a new group is likely to be a tactic against this. This likely serves as protection from leopards. The silverback is the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites, and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop.
Younger males subordinate to the silverback, known as blackbacks, may serve as backup protection. Blackbacks are aged between 8 and 12 years  and lack the silver back hair.
The bond that a silverback has with his females forms the core of gorilla social life. Bonds between them are maintained by grooming and staying close together.
Relationships between females may vary. Maternally related females in a troop tend to be friendly towards each other and associate closely.
Otherwise, females have few friendly encounters and commonly act aggressively towards each other. Females may fight for social access to males and a male may intervene.
Males in all-male groups, though, tend to have friendly interactions and socialise through play, grooming, and staying together,  and occasionally they even engage in homosexual interactions.
One possible predator of gorillas is the leopard. Gorilla remains have been found in leopard scat, but this may be the result of scavenging. Females mature at 10—12 years earlier in captivity , and males at 11—13 years.
A female's first ovulatory cycle occurs when she is six years of age, and is followed by a two-year period of adolescent infertility.
The gestation period lasts 8. Female mountain gorillas first give birth at 10 years of age and have four-year interbirth intervals.
Gorillas mate year round. Females will purse their lips and slowly approach a male while making eye contact. This serves to urge the male to mount her.
If the male does not respond, then she will try to attract his attention by reaching towards him or slapping the ground. Gorilla infants are vulnerable and dependent, thus mothers, their primary caregivers, are important to their survival.
Infants begin to break contact with their mothers after five months, but only for a brief period each time. By 12 months old, infants move up to five meters 16 feet from their mothers.
At around 18—21 months, the distance between mother and offspring increases and they regularly spend time away from each other.
They enter their juvenile period at their third year, and this lasts until their sixth year. At this time, gorillas are weaned and they sleep in a separate nest from their mothers.
Twenty-five distinct vocalisations are recognised, many of which are used primarily for group communication within dense vegetation.
Sounds classified as grunts and barks are heard most frequently while traveling, and indicate the whereabouts of individual group members.
Screams and roars signal alarm or warning, and are produced most often by silverbacks. Deep, rumbling belches suggest contentment and are heard frequently during feeding and resting periods.
They are the most common form of intragroup communication. For this reason, conflicts are most often resolved by displays and other threat behaviours that are intended to intimidate without becoming physical.
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These primates live in stable family groups where a dominant silverback male acts as the family head. The eastern gorilla was listed as critically endangered in September The constantly decreasing population of this species led to this classification.
Habitat destruction, illegal hunting for bushmeat, encroachment of croplands and human settlements into gorilla habitat are all factors promoting the decline in the eastern gorilla population.
As of , only around 6, individuals of this species remain. The mountain gorilla Gorilla beringei beringei is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla.
An adult male weighs between kg and Only about mountain gorillas remain as of Significant populations of this gorilla subspecies live in the Maiko National Parks, Kahuzi-Biega National Parks, Usala Forest, the Itombwe Massif, and adjacent areas.