How do eastern lowland gorillas communicate?
Eastern lowland gorillas females and young are generally quiet, but the silverback advertises his presence with a series of loud hoots and chest-beating, a sound that carries over long distances. When alarmed, the alpha male also emits a range of barks, roars or screams.
What do eastern lowland gorillas eat?
The diet of eastern lowland gorillas is almost exclusively vegetarian. They feed on a wide variety of herbs, leaves, bark, vines, bamboo and fruit, but will also eat insects. They favour clearings and other disturbed areas of forest where there is a dense tangle of new growth.
Where do eastern lowland gorillas live?
Eastern lowland gorillas are found only in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). They are confined to primary tropical forest in the east of the country. Their main strongholds include Kahuzi-Biega and Maiko National Parks, but their range extends across unprotected areas of forest. An estimated three-quarters of eastern lowland gorilla habitat falls outside existing parks and nature reserves.