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Facts about Mountain Gorillas – Uganda gorilla facts

Mountain Gorillas are one of the rarest species that have close resemblance with human. The way they physically look, associate and respond are almost inseparable from humans.

Scientifically named as gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are incredible safari attractions inviting thousands of travelers from all parts of the world every day. While in preparation for Rwanda or Uganda gorilla safaris, you require extensive understanding of the basic facts about these gentle giants before confirming your Uganda gorilla safari.

Mountain Gorillas share 98% DNA with humans. They are wild apes living in the virugas, part of Volcanoes in the northwest of Rwanda, Virunga Volcanoes of the central part ,Mgahinga in the south west part of Uganda, and a separate national Park – ‘Bwindi national park’ located in the southwestern part of Uganda.

Where do mountain gorillas live?

If you want to see and interact with mountain gorillas, you must travel to the tropical rain forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and the Virunga conservation area. The Virunga massif comprise of volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda and Virunga national park in the Democratic Republic of Congo. All travelers must therefore travel to any of these national parks to have a close encounter with these gentle giants in their habitats. There are roughly 880 mountain gorillas in the whole world 480 of which reside in Uganda while the remaining shared by Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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They live in groups.

Mountain gorillas, like humans, live in groups, and each gorilla belongs to a separate gorilla tribe, each with its own name. A gorilla community usually consists of 29 members, each of whom has a name for easy identification. Every year, Rwanda holds the “Kwita Izina” gorilla-naming ceremony, during which all baby gorillas are given names in their respective families. Before a gorilla family is considered safe for trekking, it must go through a 2-3 year training and habituation period. At the moment, 29 gorilla families have been habituated, with 13 in Uganda, ten in Rwanda, and six in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. An adult male gorilla known as a “silverback” is the family’s leader, controlling the family’s activities as well as protecting the family from external attacks. Adult females are responsible for the children and other motherly duties. The silverback has the right to mate with all adult females in the family and constantly fights the rising black bucks, discouraging them from approaching the females. Every day, a group of eight people visits each gorilla family for an hour, with the exception of the gorilla habituation encounter, in which travelers spend four hours with the mountain gorillas.

Mountain gorillas eat plants.

Mountain gorillas eat vegetation on a regular basis, which includes leaves, buds, shoots, fruits, bedstraw, celery, stinging nettles, and flowers, among other things. Young gorilla babies live on their mothers’ breast-fed milk until the age of three, when they begin feeding on vegetation like the rest of the family. Mountain gorillas, unlike other animal species, do not drink water and depend solely on the waters contained within the plants they consume.

Mountain gorillas are shy, cool, and wild creatures.

Mountain gorillas are among the most shy animals in the wild, remaining calm and relaxed when not disturbed. The habituated gorillas are free with people in the sense that you may approach them and they will not hurt you. A direct look into the gorillas’ eyes, on the other hand, makes them feel uneasy and afraid. When they are attacked, they will become aggressive, beating their chests and roaring. That is why visitors are advised to keep a seven-meter distance from the gorillas and avoid direct eye contact in order to keep the gorillas relaxed and peaceful.

Gorillas are one of man’s closest relatives.

Mountain gorillas have 99.8 percent of the same genes as humans. Mountain gorillas have human-like characteristics, such as females nursing young infants, which makes it interesting to communicate with and spend time with the mountain gorillas. Because of their close relationship, mountain gorillas are susceptible to human diseases such as cough and other communicable diseases, which is why you are advised to maintain a seven-meter distance from the gorillas to ensure your protection.

Mountain gorillas are, without a doubt, fascinating mammals. Visit the Gorillas if you like Mountain Gorillas and want to learn more about them! We will assist you in planning a low-cost trip to see gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda.

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