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Being the dominant male, Jock, our silverback, makes the most noise in the troop. His chest-drumming display can be heard a couple of kilometres away. The females are rather quieter, with a vocabulary of grunts and grumbles.
Jock walks on the soles of his feet and the knuckles of his hands, although he can walk a few metres standing on his legs alone.
He eats a wide variety of vegetables, nuts, eggs, branches and a specially made biscuit, to give him all the nutrients he needs. Besides constant fresh water being available for drinking, he is also given sugar-free Ribena and herbal tea.
The wild population of western lowland gorillas is estimated somewhere between 90,000 and 110,000. Western lowland gorillas are listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species. They come from areas of dense forest and swamp in Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic.
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