What Are Some Types of Foods That Gorillas Eat?

The typical gorilla diet includes bark, bamboo shoots, leaves, fruit, flowers, roots and stems, while the western lowland gorilla also eats ants, termites and larvae. The gorilla's diet changes based on location and the time of year.

Mountain gorillas mainly eat bamboo, seeds, bark and green plant parts, and the lowland gorillas eat more fruit since it is more abundant, though they eat much less fruit than chimpanzees or orangutans. All gorillas climb trees to retrieve the fruit that grows high above the ground. They occasionally eat soil as well, likely for nutrients or poison neutralization. An adult male gorilla eats up to 66 pounds of food in one day, while a female consumes around 40 pounds of food per day.