Within the subspecies of Eastern Gorillas
there is variation in what they eat and how they obtain it the one
thing that is constant in all the groups is the fact that they
alternate throughout the day with periods of resting and feeding.
All gorillas are diurnal which means that they are active between 6
A.M. and 6 P.M.
The diet of the Eastern Lowland Gorillas is
anchored by a steady intake of leaves and pith but, it is very
diverse and includes fruits, insects, seeds, bamboo, and shoots.
They will eat fruits when they are abundant and during this time
fruit actually makes up a quarter of the Eastern Lowland Gorillaís
diet. When eating insects the Eastern Lowland Gorilla prefers ants.
They usually forage in a small area for a few days and then travel
long distances sometimes reaching distances of 154 and 2,280 meters
Mountain Gorillas have a similar diet
consisting of leaves, stems, pith, and shoots. They also eat a
variety of other things including bamboo, bark, wood, roots,
flowers, celery, thistles, and fungi. These gorillas will also eat
certain invertebrates such as ants, worms, and grubs and sometimes
wild berries when they come upon them. Since they have an extremely
flexible diet they donít have to move as much allowing them to
travel under 500 meters in search of food on a daily basis.
The Bwindi Gorillas have a very similar diet to that of the Mountain
Gorillas but with them being in an entirely different forest there
are some differences such as the higher fruit intake. This is due to
the fact that Bwindi Gorillas are much more likely to climb trees
and travel long distances to find foods. In fact during some months
the Bwindi Gorilla diet is similar to that of the chimpanzees that
inhabit the forest with them.