The Gorilla Paradox

The Effects of Body Size and Habitat on the Positional Behavior of Lowland and Mountain Gorillas
  • Melissa J. Remis


Gorillas posses general ape adaptations for climbing yet the best studied gorillas in the Virungas depart from the arboreal, frugivorous pattern seen among the other apes. Terrestriality and folivory among gorillas have traditionally been viewed as consequences of their large body size. This study aims to separate the influences of body size from those of habitat on tree climbing by gorillas by comparing the results of 27 months of study of western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) at Bai Hokou, Central African Republic (Remis, 1994, 1995) to published reports on the positional behavior of mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) at Karisoke, Rwanda (Tuttle and Watts, 1985; Doran, 1996).


Positional Behavior Central African Republic Gorilla Gorilla Mountain Gorilla Western Lowland Gorilla 
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  • Melissa J. Remis
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  1. 1.Department of Sociology and AnthropologyPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA

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