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AnimalID

Name

5021

Lowland Gorilla

LocationName:

Africa

Origin:

Original ZT

PurchaseCost:

$2,500

RequiresResearch:

Yes

IsClimber:

No

IsJumper:

Yes

 

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Description:

Gorillas are the largest primates, weighing up to 400 pounds. There are three subspecies of gorillas: the eastern lowland gorilla, the western lowland gorilla, and the mountain gorilla. The eastern lowland gorilla is endangered, with a population of only 3,000 to 8,000 individuals. Although the western lowland gorilla is the most numerous of the subspecies, its survival is still threatened, and only a few hundred mountain gorillas remain. The eastern lowland gorilla is blacker in color than the mountain gorilla and has shorter hair, a longer face, and a broader chest than the western lowland gorilla. In all three subspecies, the male gorillas develop silver backs as they mature.

The eastern lowland gorilla dwells in small pockets of tropical rainforest in the eastern part of the Congo. This gorilla prefers open-canopy forests, which allow some light to reach the forest floor. The remaining natural habitat and food supply of the gorillas are being threatened by the encroachment of domestic grazing animals and deforestation.

Gorillas love fruit and will eat large quantities of it when it is available. They will also eat leaves, bark, ants, and bamboo shoots. Gorillas are gentle foragers; when using their powerful arms to strip bark and foliage from plants, they leave enough so that the plants can quickly regenerate. Gorillas rarely drink, as their diet has a high moisture content, but they eat a lot. Adult males will consume about 70 pounds of food daily. In captivity, the gorilla's diet is similar to its diet in the wild.

In the wild, eastern lowland gorillas travel in groups of about eleven. A gorilla band consists of a single silverback and a number of females and offspring. Lowland gorillas have an undeserved reputation for being ferocious. In reality, they are gentle creatures who rarely fight among themselves or with other species. If the group is threatened, the silverback leader will respond by roaring and beating his chest. However, this behavior is seldom followed through with an attack. Gorillas show moderate aggression or annoyance by staring with their heads down, eyebrows lowered, and lips pursed.

Gorillas generally do not walk upright, except when engaged in threat displays. Instead, they walk on all fours, using the knuckles on their hands. Each hand has four long fingers and an opposable thumb. Lowland gorillas, even the mature males, will climb trees.

Although quiet creatures, gorillas can produce a large range of sounds-including purrs, hoots, grunts, grumbles, humming, screams, laughs, growls, chuckles, and barks. Like humans, they rely on their eyes to gather information. Gorillas are the smartest of the great apes. They are capable of learning sign language to communicate words and simple sentences.

A female gorilla gives birth to a single offspring every four years. As gorillas tend to be unhappy and sickly in captivity, they reproduce very poorly under these conditions.

When the group is on the move, infant gorillas will cling upside-down to the mother's chest, with only occasional support from her. Later, the mother will lift her child onto her back where it can ride. Mutual grooming often occurs between a mother and her child. As they get older, young gorillas enjoy playing among the rocks and trees of their forest habitat.

Other than the occasional leopard, the only predator of the gorilla is man

Attractiveness Adult:

Attractiveness Young:

Initial Happiness:

Habitat Preference:

25

75

30

85

Captivity:

Crowd:

CrowdHappiness Change:

ClimbsCliffs:

12

20

-5

Yes

 

General Information

Building an Exhibit

The Life Cycle

Who do they like to live with and eat?

 

To build a good animal exhibit you need to ask a few questions: (click them for the answers)

Which fence is suitable for this animal in terms of strength, if it can be climbed or jumped over?

How big should the exhibit be and what Terrain should be used?

What foliage should be used?

What rocks should be used?

What shelter does the animal need?

What toy does the animal like?

How deep should the exhibit be if using the "Pit Method"?

2 level

 

FenceName

Purchase Cost

Height

Strength

Life

Cost Effective

Stick Pole Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Stick Pole Window Fence

$75

2

225

12

16.0

Chain-link Fence

$70

2

200

10

14.3

Post and Rail Fence

$90

2

250

12

13.3

Wood Slat Window Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Wooden Slat Fence

$110

2

240

12

10.9

Rock Wall Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Rock Window Fence

$150

2

280

14

9.3

Concrete Chain Fence

$150

2

275

14

9.3

Plexiglas Fence

$150

2

270

13

8.7

Iron Bar Fence

$180

2

290

14

7.8

Concrete Fence

$200

2

300

15

7.5

Reinforced Concrete Fence

$225

3

460

16

7.1

Reinforced Concrete and Glass Fence

$225

3

420

15

6.7

Concrete and Iron Bar Fence

$240

3

440

15

6.3

Electrified Chain-link Fence

$300

3

480

18

6.0

Electrified Iron Bar Fence

$350

3

400

18

5.1

 

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Animal Density

Min

Number of Animals/Exhibit

Max

20

2

 

10

Terrain Name

Value

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Rainforest floor

70

14

28

42

56

70

84

98

112

126

140

Grass

20

4

8

12

16

20

24

28

32

36

40

Dirt

10

2

4

6

8

10

12

14

16

18

20

Rocks

6

5

10

14

19

24

29

34

38

43

48

Foliage

15

3

6

9

12

15

18

21

24

27

30

Elevation

20

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

Exhibit Size

100

20

40

60

80

100

120

140

160

180

200

 

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ID

Value

TreeName

Foliage Effect

Cost/ Square

Cost Effective

7015

12

Elephant Ear Tree

15

$185

8.1

 

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ID

Value

RockName

Size X

Size Y

Rock

Rock Effect

Purchase Cost

Cost Effective

9206

3

Small Rock

1

1

Yes

12

$55

21.8

9205

3

Medium Rock 

1

1

Yes

12

$75

16.0

9226

5

Rainforest Rock

6

4

Yes

8

$350

2.3

9200

6

Large Rock

2

2

Yes

6

$150

4.0

9215

2

Stone Ruins

4

2

Yes

5

$450

1.1

 

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Shelter ID

Shelter Name

Shelter Value

Shelter Effect

Purchase Cost

Capacity

Requires Research

8109

Large Concrete Shelter

19

9

$225

6

Yes

8112

Large Wood Shelter 

19

9

$325

6

Yes

8108

Concrete Shelter

16

6

$175

4

 

8111

Wood Shelter

16

6

$225

4

 

8107

Small Concrete Shelter

13

3

$125

2

 

8110

Small Wood Shelter

13

3

$175

2

 

 

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ToyID

ToyName

ToyValue

PurchaseCost

6102

 Gorilla Climbing Bars

15

$1,000

 

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ReproductionChance:

Low

SickChance:

15

ReproductionInterval(months):

9

SickChange:

10

HappyReproduceThreshold:

97

DeathChance:

10

Offspring:

1

TimeDeath(months):

47

BabyToAdult(months):

5

 

 

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Compatible Animals

Prey Animals

Chimpanzee

8

KeeperFoodType:

Fruits and vegetables

 

none

 

General Information

Building an Exhibit

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Who do they like to live with and eat?