Today’s animal of the day is the Cross River Gorilla. Here are some facts about these majestic creatures. 

Scientific Name: Gorilla gorilla diehli

Subspecies: Western Gorilla

Family: Hominidae

Lifespan: 35 to 50 years in the wild


Cross River Gorillas are 4.7-5.5 feet tall and weigh anywhere from 220 to 440 pounds. They have reddish-brown hair on their head and brown hair over their whole body, except for their hands, feet, and face, where no hair grows.


The largest concentration of their diet is whatever fruit is available. Their diet is seasonal, so vegetation is also important. Other common staples include stems, leaves, bark, ants and termites. 


The only place in the world they can be found is in the mountain region between Nigeria and Cameroons in Africa. 

Unfortunately, Cross River Gorillas are quickly losing their home due to logging and cattle grazing initiatives. As a result, they are considered critically endangered. There are less than 300 Cross River Gorillas left in the world. 

Fun Facts

  • The Guinness Book of World Records has recorded a gorilla lifting 1,800 pounds (0.82 t).
  • Infant care is practiced until the age of three or four. All attention is focused on the infant. There is no breeding for these years.
  • The oldest gorilla lives in the Berlin Zoo and is 64 years old. Her name is Fatou.
  • Cross River Gorillas have been observed throwing handfuls of grass and vocal objections at human researchers when they get too close.