Mountain gorillas are muscular with large chests, wide feet and hands and black, thick hair that keeps them warm. They are the largest living primates on earth today and live in a social group of up to 40 with the leader, a silverback. This silverback is the protector of the group and he will sacrifice his life to protect the rest of the pack from other gorillas, leopards or humans. They are an amazing sight to behold and everyone on this planet should take the opportunity to see these gorillas at least once in their lifetimes.
Mountain gorillas are an endangered species. They are also threatened by ongoing forest destruction when the land is needed for housing, fuel or farmland. Thankfully, there is a dedicated group that is putting all of their efforts towards protecting these amazing animals so the species can continue for many years to come.
There are less than 1,000 mountain gorillas alive today and approximately half of them can be found in Uganda. The Mgahinga National Parks and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest host gorilla safaris in areas where the animal is surrounded by his natural habitat and can remain unharmed. These safaris permit you to not only see the gorillas up-close and personal but also discover more about their risk of extinction. Losing these animals completely would be devastating and the more people that know about the threat, the more that can be done about it.
The other half of the mountain gorilla population lives in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Males can weigh up to 400 pounds while females can reach a maximum weight of approximately 215 pounds. The males proudly stand up to 6 feet tall while the females can reach a height of 5 feet. Their lifespan ranges from 40 to 50 years, they are herbivorous and they have a gestation period that lasts about 8.5 months.
When you view these amazing gorillas on a safari you’ll be amazed to see the social and gentle personalities of the adults and the fun-loving spirit of the children. It’s a heartwarming experience to view these mountain gorillas and it’s something that you’ll never forget for the rest of your life.
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