Info: THIS WEBCAM IS LIVE FROM 7 AM TO 7 PM LOCAL TIME Live streaming webcam showing the Western Lowland Gorillas at Houston
Zoo in Texas, United States. The lastest 3 editions of western lowland gorillas at Houston Zoo were born in other American zoos. They are part of the Species Survival Plan to ensure the future safety of the primates.
Western lowland gorillas are the smallest of the four gorilla subspecies, the others being the Cross River gorillas, Grauer's gorillas, and mountain gorillas. They are native to Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea and large areas in Gabon.
Western lowland gorillas live in groups, called troops, of up to 30 individuals. Troops are led by a dominant, older adult male and include several other young males, some females, and their offspring. When the dominant male is challenged by another male, he will demonstrate his strength by standing upright, throwing things, making aggressive charges, and pounding his huge chest whilst making powerful barking noises. Despite these displays and the animals’ obvious physical power, gorillas are generally calm and nonaggressive unless they are disturbed.
Gorillas are extremely intelligent and in the wild they have been seen using sticks to test water depth, bamboo as ladders and sticks to poke down ants nests to eat the insects and avoid being bitten. One famous gorilla called Koko who was born in captivity, had been taught sign language since she was a year old. By the age of 40, she had a library of about 1,000 signs and could understand some 2,000 words of English.