A young male gorilla is called a blackback, and an adult male gorilla is called a silverback. The oldest and strongest silverback is typically the dominant male in a group.Continue Reading
The dominant silverback leads a group of gorillas called a troop. This male is responsible for the well-being of all the troop members, which includes females, males and offspring. The silverback decides where the troop eats, when they rest and where they sleep.
When a younger male from another gorilla troop challenges the silverback, he beats his chest, bares his teeth and screams. He will also shake branches and charge forward to scare the intruder away.Learn more about Apes
According to Sea World, a gorilla has six times the upper body strength of an adult human. Assuming an average person can bench press his body weight, a 300-pound gorilla is capable of pressing approximately 1,800 pounds.Full Answer >
Mountain gorillas are large, powerful herbivores with no predators above them in the food chain; they feed on everything from wild grass to tree pulp and once they reach their adult size after several years of growth they have no natural predators in their home range. Mountain gorillas are important to their local ecologies because they help keep plant growth under control by grazing on stems, shoots and leaves which also gives trees opportunities to put out new growth.Full Answer >
A female gorilla does not have a special name based on gender. Only adult male gorillas are identified as "silverbacks," which refers to the silver line of fur adult mountain gorillas produce after maturity.Full Answer >
Mountain gorillas are similar to other gorillas, but they have longer fur, larger jaws and teeth, a smaller nose, and shorter arms. Gorillas are the largest primates, but their sizes differ greatly between males and females, with males being much larger. They eat multiple parts of plants, from the leaves to the stems and roots of plants, along with small amounts of bark, wood, invertebrates, fruit, flowers and gorilla dung.Full Answer >