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The Western Lowland Gorilla lives in troops of up to 30. The groups are usually harmonious since there are no marked friendships between individuals. The leader of the group is the dominant silverback male. In large groups there may be more than one silverback. Younger non-dominant males may eventually move off and live solitary lives. They may even kidnap a female from another group and begin a new troop.
Aggressive displays such as chest beating are more for show. Gorillas are usually quite gentle. They are almost exclusively vegetarian with the occasional termite or ant snack.
Would you want to be a gorilla? As more people move into your area, rainforest is being destroyed and turned into villages, roads, farms, mining operations or timber plantations.
As if this isn't enough, less habitat then exposes you more to poaching and disease.
One of the biggest threats to gorillas is the illegal mining of coltan, a mineral used in mobile phones.
Mining within the Congo River Basin is contributing to forest loss and unrest in the region, and is accelerating the loss of mountain gorillas.
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