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Jessie Cohen, NZP photographer

There are six western lowland gorillas at the Zoo living in one group at the Great Ape House.

In the wild, gorillas live in groups, also called troops, consisting of up to 30 or more members. Western lowland gorilla groups are usually on the smaller side, averaging about five individuals.

Usually the group would consist of a silverback male, one or more black back males, several adult females, and their infant and juvenile offspring.

Meet the National Zoo's gorillas

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