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The Lowland Gorilla is the largest of all primates. Though an adult male can weigh up to 500 pounds and stand up to 6 feet tall, gorillas are the most docile of apes and are generally shy and peaceful. Gorillas spend most of their days foraging on over 100 species of plants, eating mainly fruit. The "silverback" male is the dominant member of his social group or "troop". He determines when the troop will eat, sleep or travel, and is responsible for protecting the other members. The distinctive patch of gray hair on his upper back develops with sexual maturity, around the age of eleven.

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Lowland Gorilla (Rwanda) by Charles Cangialosi
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