Definition of silverback
: an older adult usually dominant male gorilla having gray or whitish hair on the back
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All males become silverbacks, but not all become dominant.
The zoo’s longtime silverback gorilla, J.J., died in October 2014 at age 35.
After a grueling hike into the forest, I was rewarded by the playful antics of the infants, rolling around the tundra, under the careful watch of the silverback.
The Cincinnati Zoo facility where the silverback gorilla Harambe was shot dead last year will reopen next month with an expanded and remodeled outdoor exhibit.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda is home to the Nyakagezi gorilla family with its five silverbacks (adult males).
London was thrown into a brief panic today after an adult silverback gorilla escaped from the city's zoo.
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