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Western Lowland Gorilla

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Get up close and personal with our eight Western Lowland Gorillas at one of five glass viewing stations.

About the Western Lowland Gorilla

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Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Genus: Gorilla
Species: gorilla
Subspecies: gorilla

Gorillas are the world’s largest living primates. Male western lowland gorillas can grow to 5.5-feet tall and weigh up to 450 pounds. Females can grow to 4.5-feet tall and weigh up to 250 pounds. Western lowland gorillas live in groups, or “bands” in or near African forests. The alpha male leads the band and those who challenge him are apt to be cowed by impressive shows of physical power—he may throw things, make aggressive charges, pound his huge chest while barking out powerful hoots, or unleash a frightening roar.