Silverback

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CIMG5079

[sil-ve-bak]
~noun

[wurks]
~noun

Usually the leader of a gorilla group, whose hairs are silver. The silverback has both individual and collective responsibility for both its group and the environment and spends its entire life at grass roots level.

A place or establishment for creating, manufacturing, originating products and services.

Gorillas are herbivores, they eat leaves and shoots, so they are further classified as foliovores. They are closely related to humans and are thought to be highly intelligent. A few in captivity such as Koko have learned to make hand signals.

They are now known to use tools, for example to use a rock to smash open palm nuts and to use a stick to gauge the depth of a river.

Some notable gorilla links:

  • Dian Fossey's conservation work continues with the Gorilla Fund
  • African conservationsists lead the mission to save the gorillas with the international charity, Gorilla Organisation
  • To find out more about Koko the gorilla that makes hand signals visit the Gorilla Foundation
  • And finally, the famous drumming gorilla on Youtube

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