The scientific name for a silverback gorilla is gorilla beringei beringei. Silverback gorillas are critically endangered, with only 700 to 900 left in the wild. More »

Silverback gorillas eat plants and parts of plants including the berries, bark, shoots and leaves. They also eat roots, wild celery and the inner pulp of trees. They prefer plants that are full of juice and have also bee... More »

Adult male gorillas, or silverback gorillas as they are known, can grow to be 6 feet tall and approximately 480 pounds. They usually live from 35 to 50 years. Gorillas are herbivores, which means that they consume plant ... More »

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. More »

A silverback gorilla, as the alpha male of his troop, would likely be able to kill a leopard in a straight-on confrontation due to its incredible physical strength, weight advantage and powerful bite. Leopards, however, ... More »

The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: eastern gorillas and western gorillas. The scientific name of eastern gorillas is Gorilla beringei, and the scientific name of western gorillas is Gorilla gorilla. More »

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. More »