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Africa Animals - *Critically Endangered* African Gorilla, Donnette E Davis, St Aiden's Homeschool

Africa Animals - *Critically Endangered* African Gorilla, Donnette E Davis, St Aiden's Homeschool

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An illustrated fact and activity book about the critically endangered African Gorilla and the sub-species. Focus on animal and nature conservation in Africa.
An illustrated fact and activity book about the critically endangered African Gorilla and the sub-species. Focus on animal and nature conservation in Africa.

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Published by: Donnette Davis on Oct 11, 2007
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Cover Picture: Female Gorilla with young, in captivity at the BronxZoo.;License : GNUFD
A Gorilla is an ape
, the biggest member ofthe primate order. It lives in Africa. The Gorillas'habitats (living places) are being wiped out by forestcutting for wood. Gorillas will not usually attack but ifprovoked become very aggressive. One Case ofGorilla Attack is when an 8 foot tall gorilla killedthree children.There are several (sub-) species of gorilla:
 
Western Lowland Gorilla
 
Cross River Gorilla
 
Mountain Gorilla
 
Eastern Lowland GorillaGorillas are the biggest primates. They can becomevery heavy, and are very strong. They have black skinand fur. Male gorillas' fur becomes silver/grey ontheir backs as they become older. Because of thatolder males are called
silverbacks
.Gorillas are omnivores, eatingfruits, leaves, shoots, andsometimes insects which makeup only 1–2% of their diet.Almost all gorillas share thesame blood type (B)
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and, likehumans, have individual finger prints
 
 
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Fatty A male silverback Gorilla. Taken at Disney'sAnimal Kingdom by Raul654 on January 16,2005.;License : GNUFDAll species of gorilla are endangered, and havebeen subject to intense poaching for a long time.Threats to gorilla survival include habitat destructionand the bush meat trade. In 2004 a population ofseveral hundred gorillas in the Odzala National Park,Republic of Congo was essentially wiped out by theEbola virus.

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