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Gorilla beringei beringei
Honoring the Officer
In 1902, German officer Robert von Beringe was on a field trip in the Virunga Mountains, a range of extinct volcanoes which border the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. During his trip, he made the first records of mountain gorillas. Back in Germany, the Natural History Museum Berlin named the newly identified species gorilla beringei beringei in honor of its discoverer.
Vegetarian and Social Heavyweights
A mountain gorilla’s diet is mostly vegetarian consisting of leaves, sprouts, bark, flowers and fruits. Grown-up males weigh up to 200 kilograms and eat around 34 kilograms each day.
Mountain gorillas are known as social, peaceful and shy animals. Usually, they live together in groups of ten, led by one adult male. For unknown reasons, they fear water – including rain – as well as caterpillars, and chameleons.