An Adult Silverback Gorilla
What Eats A Gorilla? Photo:Adrian Pingstone

What eats gorillas?

What does a gorilla eat?

Gorillas are large and powerful creatures, and an adult male gorilla—often called a “silverback”—is capable of scaring away just about any other animal.

Sometimes, however, a leopard will attack, kill and eat a young or baby gorilla. But young gorillas usually stay very close to their parents, so this is not an easy thing for a leopard to do.

And no leopard in its right mind would even think about attacking a full-grown silverback.

As for the question of what a gorilla eats—they eat lots of plant stalks, leaves and other vegetation every single day.

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Gordon Ramel

Gordon is an ecologist with two degrees from Exeter University. He's also a teacher, a poet and the owner of 1,152 books. Oh - and he wrote this website.