Introduction
Animal:Gorilla

Why I chose this animal?
I chose the gorilla because I think they would be an interesting animal to study. The gorilla has some human characteristics and it would be interesting to study how they live. Gorillas are big and could be dangerous so I want to know how they act and if they are dangerous if they are in the wild. It would be interesting to know where they live and how they react to the envirement. I want to study this animal because i want to know thier behavior and how they act in their life.

Food Web

Research Location


Observation Journal

Day 1
While I was in the rainforests I was looking for some gorillas and I finally found some. I noticed there were a lot of physical adaptations as well as behavioral adaptations to make this animal unique. I found that they are about 5½ feet tall and weigh about 375 pounds. I also noticed that their stomachs were bigger than their chest and when I did research as to why that is, I found that their intestines are enlarged so they can digest bulky foods. Just by looking at the gorilla, you can tell his arms are a lot stronger than his legs. This helps them so they can pick up leaves and climb trees; this also could help defending themselves when under attack. Gorilla’s upper body strength is six times stronger than a human’s upper body strength so they can pick up heavy objects. Gorilla’s have 32 large teeth and later on the grow canine teeth. They also have two sets of teeth; one is lost when young and then filled with permanent teeth. A gorilla’s forehead is huge and I learned that this can protect their eyes. On a gorilla’s foot the big toe is separate so they can pick up stuff with both their hands and their feet. Those were some of the physical adaptations the gorilla has.
Day 2
Today I found the gorillas I found the other day a quarter of a mile East from the place where they were last time. A troop is always moving along so they usually don’t stay in one spot for very long. The silverbacks are out finding food for their troop. When the silverbacks get back, they get more of the food since they found and it’s their job to protect the troop so they have bigger responsibility. It doesn’t take long for them to gather food in the rainforest. When they start moving they will stop at a stream to get some water. Once it starts to get dark they try to find a shelter for the night.
Day 3
While I was out watching gorillas I found a few behavioral adaptations. Gorilla’s live in packs called a troop. Troops usually consist of 1-4 adult males, 2-4 adult females and their young. Adult males are the group’s leaders and tend to be more aggressive because the troop is their responsibility. The strongest male (silverback) is the leader of all gorillas in that troop and earns certain privileges over the other gorillas. There may be a fight between the strongest silverback (leader of troop) and a rival silverback because the rival wants to be the leader or he wants to start his own troop. Those were some of the physical adaptations I found in gorillas.
Day 4



Wildlife Monitoring Techhniqe



Fellow Researcher Profile

Dian Fossey was one of the greatest animal researcher that studied gorillas. She started out by visiting Dr. Louis Leaky and he told her to study gorillas. She met up with some photographers that take pictures of gorillas. She camped with them for a week and went out into the mountains every day and they studied more about gorillas. When she studied about gorillas she loved them and wanted to study more about them.
There are some similarities between Dian Fossey and I. We both are studying about gorillas in Africa. We both go out into the wild and look for gorillas and find out what they are doing and write about them each day. We both research them and find out what their behavior is like and how the act every day. We also see what they do different times of the day.

Research in Action
There are many limiting factors that gorillas have to face every day. It isn’t too hard for them to find shelter for the night. They usually sit under some bushes or climb a tree and sleep there for the night. Every once in a while they will move places and go somewhere else so they have to find new shelter for a while. Shelter is one limiting factor the gorilla has to face and it isn’t too hard for them to find shelter.
Another limiting factor that animals have to face is water. It isn’t much of a problem for the gorilla to find a water source in the rainforest. It rains a lot in the rainforest so there are small streams or rivers all over the place where they can get water from. They probably will not run out of water since it always rains in the rain forest. Water is not a hard thing for a gorilla to find in the wild.
Food is also a limiting factor for gorillas and other animals as well. Food can be a little harder for gorillas. Gorillas are herbivores so they only eat berries and plants which is not very hard to find in the rainforest. There are also other herbivores in the rainforest so there is a lot of competition for food. Since gorillas don’t eat any other animals, they don’t depend too much on certain animals to live for them to eat. There are a lot of other animals that only eat plants and berries to so they have competition.

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