With a fully-grown male silverback weighing on average 140-180kg, you might be surprised to learn that they feed mainly on leaves, shoots and stems. However, what they lack in variety, they make up for in quantity. These huge mammals spend over half their time foraging!
Due to their diet, the lush, green forests found in the mountains are perfect for these amazing apes. But, with approximately 4 million people living within one day's walk of Virunga National Park, habitat degradation for charcoal production and agriculture development, for example, is putting pressure on the natural resources found in the mountain gorilla's natural habitats.
Baby gorilla eating © Dennis Stogsdill