Mountain Gorillas; 12 Fascinating Facts To Wow Your Friends
Get to know the interesting facts about mountain gorillas! If you are curious about mountain gorilla size, habitat, diet, behaviors and lifespan, here are 12 facts that may surprise you.
Mountain Gorilla Facts:
- Mountain Gorillas are peculiar primates that share over 98% of their DNAs with humans. They are scientifically known as the Gorilla Beringei Beringei
Scientific name: Gorilla Beringei Beringei
- Mountain Gorillas Location: are only located in Africa with a population of over 1000 species which distributed into two. One gorilla population is situated in the Virunga volcanic mountains that are spanned by three national parks which include; Mgahinga gorilla national park in South-Western Uganda, Volcanoes national park in North-West Rwanda and the Virunga National park in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The other is found in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which holds half of the whole population.
- Mountain Gorilla Behaviors: Mountain gorillas live in groups of about 30 in number. Each group is led by a silverback, an aged male gorilla. A group habitually constitutes of several young males, adult and juvenile females and infants.
- Silverbacks ensure protection in the groups. Additionally, silverbacks also decide activities that take place, scheduling feeding trips, resting times and travel times.
- Mountain Gorilla Reproduction: Female mountain gorillas start reproducing at the age of ten. They usually carry one to two babies with a gestation period of 8-9 months. Arguably they also carry two to six off springs in a lifetime.
- Mountain Gorillas Size: They are the largest primates on earth whereby a mature male mountain gorilla can weigh about 390 pounds and about 240 – 250 pounds for the mature female mountain gorillas.
- Gorillas are by far intelligent, utilizing rudimentary tools and sometimes making their own.
- Mountain Gorillas Diet: They are esteemed herbivores that often eat over 40 pounds of vegetables a day from which they also hydrate since they hardly drink water. Mountain gorillas usually feed on tree branches, bamboo, fruits
- A newly born mountain gorilla is, by and large, born with an average weight of 4 pounds and above.
- Mountain Gorilla baby beds are made out of vines leaves and tree branches. They also make small easy nets in the afternoon to take naps.
- Mountain Gorilla Size: They have a large repertoire. Mountain gorillas communicate in miscellaneous ways which include almost 25 sounds, from belches to screams, to warning calls, singing and chuckles, not forgetting the sign languages.
- Mountain Gorilla Height: Mountain Gorilla arms span is significantly longer than their body heights with adult mature gorillas occasionally measuring to an average of about 7 to 9 feet.
NOTE: Did you know!!!
If you are interested in meeting these gentle giants in their natural habitat, you will need to acquire a gorilla permit. Mountain gorilla permits are as cheap as $700 on Uganda Gorilla Safari (starting 1st-July-2020) and $1500 in Rwanda which also require prior bookings for a fascinating gorilla safari of a lifetime.
3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari
This is an Africa wildlife safari leading you to Bwindi impenetrable national park for mountain gorilla trekking and Batwa community walk. Bwindi inhabits half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and it is located in the southwestern part of Uganda at the edge of the rift valley...
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Very helpful blog. The mountain gorillas are truly amazing creatures. I have tracked them before and i would like to go again. Thanks for sharing wonderful views