|Eastern Gorillas have many adaptations to their environment.
Since they are based in the forest and are herbivores they need to
be able to eat and digest the food around them so they have flat
teeth that allow them to be able to grind the plants they eat. They
also have bacteria that break down cellulose, which is prominent in
plants, so that it is digestible.
Eastern Gorillas have stereoscopic vision which means that
they have good eyesight that helps them to detect other animals.
They can also see color which helps them to see poachers and other
threats. When they do encounter threats they can ward them off using
their loud roar which intimidates most creatures.
The body structure of the Eastern Gorilla is adapted very well
for its lifestyle. They have a strong upper body, long arms,
fingered hands, and thumbs which all aid in walking, climbing, and
Eastern Lowland Gorillas have thin hair that keeps them cool
but the Mountain Gorillas have longer and darker hair that allows
them to trap heat since night temperatures in the Virunga Mountains
can drop below freezing. The dark fur is also beneficial because it
camouflages them and keeps them hidden, deep in the rainforest.
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