Most subspecies of gorillas have groups that consist of one dominant adult male, multiple adult females and their young. However, mountain gorilla groups have been seen supporting up to eight silverbacks at one time! Each of these silverbacks will have a slightly different role with a clear hierarchy. Follow this link to learn more about the roles of each silverback male in the group! First, they can stay in their natal group and queue for dominance. And excellent example of this is the famous Cantsbee.
Western lowland gorilla
Gorilla Facts | Louisville Zoo
Gorillas belong to the ape family, which includes orangutans, gibbons and chimpanzees. There are two species of gorillas: Gorilla gorilla , the lowland species, and Gorilla beringei , the mountain species. There are also eastern and western subspecies determined by populations that are isolated due to geography where they are separated by rivers or mountains. Older male gorillas are called silverbacks because they develop grayish white hair on their shoulders and backs as they age.
Gorilla gorilla Gorilla beringei. Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forest of central Sub-Saharan Africa. The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas both critically endangered , and either four or five subspecies. They are the largest living primates.
In the wake of the tragic killing of Harambe the gorilla, we explore the evidence for whether these great apes pose a danger to people. A young boy got into the gorilla enclosure and was confronted by a silverback male gorilla named Harambe. The gorilla repeatedly dragged the boy through the water. To save the boy, the zoo's staff shot and killed Harambe. The public outrage has mainly focused on whether it was truly necessary to kill Harambe.