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Gorilla Mating First View Face to Face Behavior

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Published on Feb 15, 2008

This video shows gorillas mating face to face (which began at .06). This is probably the first filmed view (filmed 02.01.05) and the only video in existence of this behavior.

Sorry about the bad camera angle. If I had moved, it would have scarred the animals away. They really did mate, as noted by the background comments. Gorillas normally mate from behind.

This is the gorilla group that contains Colo. The 2011 Guinness World Records book shows that Colo is the world's oldest gorilla at 53 years old. She lives at the Columbus Zoo in Ohio. She holds many more amazing records.

The two gorillas shown are young ones that are just learning how this is done. The activity of an adult male silverback would last longer.

It was difficult to film this, because moving to a better camera position would have disturbed the animals and it happened fast. The comments from the other people demonstrate that they saw the mating also. Also the male later sniffed the female and the female later grabbed herself, which is common gorilla mating behavior.

Also recorded are the comments of the people watching the activity and mentioning that the gorillas are mating -- even though it is in an odd position.

The other gorillas also watched.

These are western lowland gorillas, which are listed as Critically Endangered. This is because of hunting by people, health threats from such forces as the Ebola virus, and habitat destruction. These gorillas in the Columbus, Ohio, zoo have already made history, through Colo, the first gorilla born in captivity.

Few primates mate in a face-to-face manner, known as ventro-ventral copulation. Most species use a dorso-ventral position. Other than humans, the bonobo is the only primate known to use the ventro-ventral position.

The females sometimes engage in the activity of pushing small sticks or pieces of hay through the metal screen. It
appeared that the female wanted to begin this activity. It may be somewhat like the weaving that humans and some animals do.

**The gorilla (gorilla gorilla) is the largest of all living primates. These African apes are divided into two species and 4 or 5 subspecies. Their DNA is 97-98% identical to that of humans and they are considered the next closest relative after the chimpanzee. Gorillas can be over 6 feet tall and weight over 500 lbs. They are highly intelligent. Some such as Koko have been taught a subset of sign language. They use tools for a number of purposes. Colo in the Columbus zoo is over 50-years old and the first gorilla born in captivity.

The Columbus Zoo, Ohio, is number 1 in the country USA Travel Guide (Columbus Dispatch 2009.03.01 p. A3)

APE VIDEOS:
GIANT CHIMPANZEE, HUMAN-SIZED, MYSTERIOUS NEW SPECIES PART 1
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4riL1E...
GIANT CHIMPANZEE, HUMAN-SIZED, MYSTERIOUS NEW SPECIES PART 3
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILo8EY...
GIANT CHIMPANZEE, HUMAN-SIZED, MYSTERIOUS NEW SPECIES PART 2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSAgQf...
GORILLA ATTACKS - PUSHES FRIEND IN WATER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6ZrOj...
BONOBO RECOGNIZES HERSELF IN CAMERA VIEWER
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoKiTs...
Bonobo-A Greeting From A Rare, Endangered, Human-Like Ape
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXGz-a...
Bonobo Display-Male bonobo, the peaceful ape displays
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYWADW...
Bonobo closest species to human walk upright "wear clothes"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJom0P...
World's Largest Chimpanzee
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moT83Z...
WORLD'S FIRST GORILLA BORN IN CAPTIVITY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2m9bR...
Ape vs. Monkey
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tq48Vx...
GORILLA PLAY "ATTACKS" JACK HANNA, ZOO DIRECTOR EMERITUS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzGE8L...
WORLD'S FIRST GORILLA MATING FACE TO FACE VIEW
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYrLC7...
Bonobo Mating Activity Face-to-face
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7Yqaq...
CHIMPANZEES CAN READ AND WRITE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=266FV-...
Chimpanzee, Bonobo, Orangutan, Gorilla, Siaman-The Great Ape

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