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Volume V, 2006

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Gorillas are one of the many animals throughout the world that are an endangered species. Studies have also shown that, genetically speaking; gorillas are closely related to humans. Because of this it should be a high priority of all people to better understand these creatures and their biology and behavior. Currently the Jacksonville Zoo is home to four male Western Lowland gorillas. These gorillas demonstrate some abnormal behaviors; behaviors that are not seen with regularity in the wild. These behaviors include regurgitating and then re-eating consumed foods and eating feces. This study explored the possibility that these abnormal behaviors are related to aspects of captive life and feeding as compared to known patterns in nature.