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The Making of a Diorama

The Habitat Views video considers ways of looking at dioramas today, and documents the creation of several new displays. Take a look over on our  YouTube channel >

Recreating Nature Indoors

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Western lowland gorilla

Gorilla gorilla gorilla (Savage and Wyman, 1847)

Gorilla diorama in the African Mammal Hall

Scene:

 Equatorial forest near Mbandaka, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Sponsor:

 Hugh H.Logan

Background artist:

 Robert Russell Reid

Also present:

 Grey Parrot (Psittacus erithacus)

The western lowland gorilla is the least endangered of the gorilla subspecies. It lives in family groups consisting of one dominant male and 5-7 adult females plus children and adolescents. There may also be a few non-dominant males.


Biological Information

Range map for the western lowland gorilla

Range:

Gabon, Republic of the Congo, Cameroon and Central African Republic, with smaller populations in Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

Habitat:

Lowland dense secondary tropical forest or woodland.

Status:

Vulnerable.

Diet:

Fruits, wild ginger, herbs, shrubs, vines, and occasional insects.

Further information about this species may be found on the Animal Diversity Web page for western lowland gorilla.