Which is the largest living primate?
The Eastern Gorilla.
The Eastern Gorilla is one of two species (the other is the Western Gorilla). There are two sub-species of Eastern Gorilla – the Mountain Gorilla and Eastern Lowland Gorilla. This species is the largest living primate on the planet. Unfortunately, the Eastern Gorilla is an endangered species with a dwindling population.
How big are they? Believe it or not, they can reach an average height of 1.8 m (6 feet) and weigh over 227 kg (500 pounds), which is pretty incredible when you compare that to their human relatives. The fact that most of this weight is a result of muscle (and not fat) makes this animal both impressive and powerfully dangerous. This strength usually means that the Eastern Gorilla doesn’t have too many natural predators, however, the odd crocodile or leopard has been known to take down this massive animal.
The Eastern Lowland Gorilla or the Gorilla beringei graueri is the largest living primate known to the sciencetists.
- The Eastern Lowland Gorilla or the Gorilla beringei graueri is the largest living primate known to the sciencetists.
- The maximum size of a male gorilla is about 225 kg and 1.83 m in height in the wild conditions.
- The weight of this primates recorded higher in the captivity than the weights recorded in wild.