|This dominant male (called a "silverback") Mountain Gorilla may weigh 400 pounds (180 kg) and stand 5.5 feet (1.7 m) tall. Of the three Gorilla species, the Mountain Gorilla is the most endangered with small populations remaining in Zaire, Uganda and Rwanda. Because Gorillas are herbivores (plant eaters), they spend much of the day eating and digesting vegetation. Mountain Gorillas live in groups consisting of no more than 8 individuals, including a dominant male and two to four mature females. Gorillas may live up to 35 years in the wild. Diane Fossey studied the Mountain Gorilla and published much of what is currently known about these fascinating creatures.|
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