1. Western lowland gorillas eat more fruit than the other subspecies; it is readily
available within the lower elevations of their range. They are selective feeders that
utilize the fruits, stems, flowers, shoots, bulbs, bark, leaves, and pith of over 200
2. Analysis of dung suggests that gorillas choose their favorite fruits for the sugar
content, unripe seeds of certain fruits because of low fat content, the stems of plants
for fiber, and new leaves for protein (Rogers, 1990).
3. Gorillas seldom drink water; their succulent food items provide enough dietary
4. Gorillas have never been observed hunting or feeding on any animals other than
invertebrates such as termites and ants.
5. Because gorillas are selective eaters, they never strip a feeding site bare.
Adequate vegetation remains for regrowth.
A gorilla uses its hands and mouth to collect and prepare food.
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