Gorillas are animals native to Africa. Collectors bring lifeless specimens to museums and living specimens to circuses and zoos. They cater to the private sector by providing exotic, novelty, and specialty stores with live specimens.
• For example, the Democratic Republic of the Congo claims gorilla populations whose bodies expectedly are dark but whose backs unexpectedly shine silvery from nape to rump.
• The silver does not emerge until the silverback’s teen years.
Collectors nevertheless favor as more trackable and trainable babies less than a year old.
• But not all babies have survivalist constitutions.
• Survivors generally live longer in captivity than in the wild, as in the case of “Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla.”