A review of the diets of captive gorillas (Gorilla gorilla)

Acta Zool Pathol Antverp. 1976 Dec;(66):91-100.


It is clear that most zoos feed their gorillas a principally frugivorous diet, while the diets of wild gorilla populations are undoubtedly basically herbivorous. The primary food plant of western and eastern lowland gorillas is Aframomum, and Blancou (1955) even maintains that these plants possess active parasiticidal qualities, but this subscription is not borne out by recent research. However, it is possible that another plant food, combretum, could have some propensities as a deparasitant. Many captive gorillas accept cooked or raw meat in their diets and there is some evidence that feral gorillas may also occasionally consume matter of animal origin.

MeSH terms

  • Animal Feed
  • Animal Nutritional Physiological Phenomena
  • Animals
  • Animals, Zoo*
  • Diet*
  • Fruit
  • Gorilla gorilla*
  • Meat
  • Milk
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Vegetables