What do gorillas eat?
One of the most impressive traits of gorillas is their strength.
Because we often think that stronger animals mean they get to overpower weaker animals, we think that gorillas are either carnivorous or, at the very least, omnivorous.
But, while some people think that’s due to them eating meat (gorillas are actually herbivores), it more likely has to do with their size.
That means we can rule out meat as a gorilla delicacy.
What Gorillas Eat
Surprisingly, gorillas primarily eat vegetation.
The gorilla’s diet varies depending on what is available in their area.
They eat mostly fruit and vegetables, but also leaves, stems, shoots, roots, pith, and bark.
Some of the fruits that gorillas commonly eat include bananas, papaya, and figs.
The vegetables they like can range from carrots to yams to wild mushrooms.
They also eat small amounts of insects and other animals, such as insects and termites, so they can get protein
Now, we know they eat vegetation found in their natural habitats, such as leaves, shoots, bark, and fruit.
What Are a Gorilla’s Eating Habits?
A fun fact about their eating habits is that they can go up to 4 days without eating; they eat the majority of their food in the morning and afternoon and resort to eating late at night (gorillas sleep for around 7 hours every day).
Gorillas are most active at night when it’s cooler.
They sit in the trees with their legs crossed or straight out in front of them to better digest their food.
They are extremely strong animals that are capable of uprooting small trees and bushes when in search of leaves, shoots, insects, or fruit.
Gorillas don’t have teeth that are designed for chewing tough foods as some other primates do, so they eat items whole until they are soft enough to break down with their powerful jaws.
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