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The heaviest gorilla in captivity was a male of the mountain race names 'N' gagi, who died in San Diego Zoo, California, USA on 12 January 1944 at the age of 18. He weighed 310 kg 638 lb at his heaviest 1943. He was 1.72 m 5ft 7> in tall and boasted a record chest measurement of 198 cm 78 in.
UK Britain's largest captive gorilla is probably 'Djoum' of Howletts Zoo, Kent, whose weight is stable at 213 kg 470 lb. Another male example of the western lowland gorilla named 'Bukhama' at Dudley Zoo, W Mids was reportedly 227 kg 500 lb in 1969.
- Gorillas possess 98% of the same nuclear DNA as humans
- There's a greater degree of difference between gorilla & chimp DNA in contrast to gorilla & human DNA
- Gorillas are the biggest primate (note humans are primates)
- Gorillas, chimpanzees and humans are classified under the same family--Hominidae
- Gorillas and chimps used to be classified under the family Pongidae--Now only the orangutan remains in the Pongidae family
- There're two species of gorilla: Western Gorilla and Eastern Gorilla
- The largest subspecies of gorilla is the Grauer's gorilla (eastern lowland gorilla)
- A group of gorillas is called a troop
- A silverback gorilla is so-called because of the greyish/silver patch he gains on his back when he attains maturity
- Eastern gorillas tend to have blacker hair than their Western counterparts who tend to be browner
- Gorillas have hair not fur
- Mountain gorillas have longer hair, larger jaws and teeth, smaller noses and shorter arms than other gorillas
- Gorilla arms are longer than their legs and in the western gorilla, the male's arm span extends 7-9 feet A greater length than the gorilla is tall
- Not a single one of the gorillas in zoos around the world is a mountain gorilla--they are all lowland (western) gorillas