Interesting Facts about the Mountain Gorillas you will be Tracking in Uganda-Rwanda
Fun and Serious Facts about Mountain Gorillas You did not Know
Here are some Fun and Serious Facts about Mountain Gorillas – most of them you probably did not know such as that you cannot see Mountain Gorillas outside of their Habitat in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, or Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mountain Gorillas do not survive in Zoos, their long for the Wild in the heart of Africa makes them ill and the wiher away. You can only visit Gorillas in the Wild in the Heart of Africa.
10 – Fun and Serious Facts about Mountain Gorillas
1. Why are they called Mountain Gorillas?
The Mountain Gorillas, the largest primates, live at elevations ranging from 1,500 to 4,000 meter elevation. It can quite cold up in the Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable forest and that is why they have such thick fur. There are about 880 plus Mountain Gorillas in the World – 480 plus in Uganda. The rest in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic Congo.
Mountain Gorillas have been portrayed as fierce and agressive in movies and fiction. They are not King Kong Like Creatures but the Gentle, Peaceful Giants of the Forest. They will roar loudly, charge up to you when startled by you but not attack you if you follow the Gorilla Visit Etiqueete, all that roaring is simple an attempt to bluff you, to itimitate you into submission, a simple crouching down and a lowering of the head and peace will return. They are strong creatures – a silverback is estimated to be 10 times stronger than an Adult Human, such as a man in his twenties.
3. Mountain Gorillas do not have a Home – they are Wanderers:
Mountain Gorillas do not have a home-base, they have a territory and each night they sleep in a different bed made pf twigs, branches and leaves. They move a few kilometers each day in their territory, at times they might even move to another country such as from Uganda to Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo, and that they do without passports and visas. One of the reasons that you track Mountain Gorillas is because they move each day. At the crack of dawn pre-trackers will go out and find the Gorilla Group you will be visiting and send the new location to the Rangers that will lead your group to their respective Gorilla Family that will be visited on that day.
4. The Gorilla Doctors make Forest Calls keeping the Mountain Gorillas Healthy:
Yes, Mountain Gorillas have their own phycisians who visit each Mountain Gorilla Family making Forest calls to monitor the health of the gorillas, give inoculations, even surgery in the wild is not uncommon. This contributes to the overall conservation efforts and results in increasing numbers of the endangered species.m
5. Mountain Gorillas Communicate with one another:
Even though Mountain Gorillas are almost 98% like Humans they have a higher larynx than us and a soft palate which is not large enough for sounds to resonate and do not communicat with verbs, nouns, sentences with one another but with grunts, hoots, gestures, chest beating and symbols. Gorillas, not Mountain Gorillas in captivity such as “Koko|” learned to communicate with humans by learning the American Sign Language.
6. Mountain Gorillas, though huge – are not fat:Vegans and Vegetarians often use Mountain Gorillas as an example what a pure plant based diet will do for you, they do leave out that Mountain Gorillas will divert from leaves and have a few insects. They will consume over 60 pounds of leaves – vegetables – fruit per day – bulky vegetation per day. Many think because they have big stomachs they are fat not realizing that they need a large stomach to digest all this bulk that they consume each day. Mountain Gorillas are lean going by Gorilla Standards.
7. Mountain Gorillas use Tools to make Life Easier:
Mountain Gorillas will use sticks to extract ants from the ground or even trees. Some have been observed of putting a log across a stream for the gorillas to cross. The use of tools is learned by gorillas from other gorillas by example even silverbacks removing snares from young Gorillas. More examples are probably to follow, since the Mountain Gorillas are one the most studied species and most likely future relevations will come out about the use of tools as they have with the Chimpanzees found in Kibale Forest of Uganda.
8. The silver coat on a Silverback Mountain Gorilla is a sign of Maturity like a Lion’s Mane:
Younger male Mountain Gorillas are black-backed. When a black-backed Gorilla reaches sexual maturity he will develop a saddle-shaded silver haired back as now he takes on the role of a father and protectorfor young gorillas in the family group.
9. Baby Mountain Gorillas are smaller than Human Babies:
When Mountain Gorillas are born they weigh three to four pounds, smaller than normal human babies, but unlike humans can grow into 500 plus pound primates.
10. The greatest Threat to Mountain Gorillas:
There are not many natural enemies for Mountain Gorillas, but human beings. Poaching Snares set for small antelopes, trap and kill Mountain Gorillas, Human encroachment into their habitat. Charcoal logging especially in the Congo.
It is one thing to read about the Mountain Gorillas it is another thing to be with them for one hour, or in Uganda where you can be on a Gorilla Habituation Experience which means that you are with a gorilla family for 4 hours.
Gorilla Visitors make the Conservation of the endangered Mountain Gorillas is made possible by the permit fees that are paid. Even the local communities benefit and begin to support Gorilla Tourism and the conservation of the Mountain Gorillas.
You cannot see Mountain Gorilla anywhere else in Africa, it is only in Uganda and Rwanda where you can do it safely.
Uganda, especially has the best Chimpanzee Trekking in East Africa, plus the Big-5. For most it begins with a time with the Mountain Gorilla, take us up on our invitation and join us soon.