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Saturday, 15 December 2012

Endangered Gorillas



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Gorillas, the largest of the apes inhabiting our planet, have been a source of awe and inspiration to humans since centuries. Unfortunately though, they are on the verge of extinction today. Here's a bit about the plight of these endangered primates.

Gorillas, the largest of the apes inhabiting our planet, have been a source of awe and inspiration to humans since centuries. Unfortunately though, they are on the verge of extinction today. Here's a bit about the plight of these endangered primates.

FUN FACTS

  • Gorillas are the closest relatives of humans, after chimpanzees, with almost 98 % of their DNA being similar to us humans. 
  • They are non-aggressive and apprehensive species that do not attack humans, unless they are provoked. However, they are often perceived to be aggressive animals. 
  • Just like humans, the fingerprints of every gorilla is unique, and no two match each other. 
  • Nose-print of every Gorilla is also unique. 
  • Gorillas can walk erect much like humans but prefer not to do so. On the contrary, they walk on their knuckles, by putting all their weight on them 
  • It is believed that the HIV/AIDS infection can be transmitted through the body of the western lowland Gorilla, alongside the other transmission causes. 
  • On an average, a Gorilla can survive in the wild for about 35 years. But it can live for more than 50 years, if well cared for, in captivity. 
  • Contraceptives have the same effect on gorillas as they have on humans. 
  • Gorillas do not sleep at the same place for more than one night. 
  • Gorillas have the ability to hold things in their hands as well as their feet. 

1 comment:

  1. Excellent information on Gorillas. Have never seen one despite being African. Had plenty to do with controlling Baboons and monkeys with Electric Fencing

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