diet of the typical mountain gorilla includes, leaves,
course stems, roots, vines, bamboo, wild cherry,
nettles and thistles and when there is no other
food to eat they will resort to eating insects such
as snails or slugs. The Western lowland gorillas
eat more fruit, stems, flowers, shoots, bulbs, bark,
leaves and over 200 other plant species. They are
less adapted to survive on different forms of food.
In the wild they are know to survive up to 35 years
and in captivity it tends to be closer to 50 years
of age. Today there are fewer then 650 mountain
gorillas and 40,000 lowland gorillas in the world.
Gorillas live mainly on the ground but the trees
in their habitat are capable of supporting the weight
of entire groups in them. Chimpanzee nests are similar
to the gorilla ones but they are higher in the trees.