The Biggest Gorilla in the World: Largest Gorilla Ever

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The biggest Gorilla ever was known as Titus (24 August 1974 – 14 September 2009). He was a silverback mountain gorilla of the Virunga Mountains

The earth has two species of gorillas and each of them has two subspecies. Mountain gorillas and eastern lowland gorillas are subspecies of the Eastern gorilla species while the western lowland gorillas and the cross river gorillas are subspecies of the Western gorilla species. These subspecies of gorillas have different sizes among other physical characteristics. They all inhabit the tropical and subtropical forests of Africa and they are all critically endangered because of loss of their habitat. However, Wildlife Conservation Society is working to improve their conservation status across the continent. The rest of the subspecies can survive in captivity apart from mountain gorillas which can only survive in their natural habitat.

Eastern gorillas have been observed to be bigger than western gorillas. To be specific, the Eastern lowland gorillas are the Biggest gorilla in the family of the great apes. Eastern lowland gorillas are found in the tropical rainforests which are located on lowlands in the East of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kahuzi Biega national park.

Eastern gorillas have unique physical characteristics from other gorillas; their bodies are stockier, hands are larger and their muzzle short. Just like other gorillas, the eastern lowland gorillas have a broad chest and wide shoulder, long and muscular arms and a large head.

The eastern lowland silverback is the largest gorilla in the world. When Eastern lowland gorillas grow to maturity, the silverback can weigh 204 to 250 kilograms. The female eastern lowland gorillas weigh half of the weight of the males’. Male eastern gorillas record height of 1.7 meters while females stand at a height of 1.6 meters. The tallest gorilla recorded was 1.95 meters tall with an arm span of 2.7 meters wide and 1.98 meters chest width. This silverback weighed 219 kilograms but is so unfortunate that it was shot in 1938 near Lake Kivu.

The heaviest gorilla ever recorded in the world weighed 263 kilograms. It was from Cameroon where it was shot. Male gorillas can weigh up to 300 kilograms if they are in captivity.

In the 1990s, Eastern lowland gorillas were about 17,000 in number. However, they are said to have declined by 50% and are now endangered. Some of the reasons for the decline are loss of their habitat, civil wars in the region, poaching and climate change. There are occasional attacks from predators in the forest especially leopards.

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