Facts about mountain gorillas in East Africa

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Mountain gorilla trekking can be conducted throughout the year in Uganda and Rwanda because of the damp seasons experienced by the national parks where mountain gorillas stay, though most tourists prefer to visit Uganda and Rwanda from June to September as well as from December to February.

 

How do mountain gorillas look like? 

Always the male mountain gorillas double the size of the females, mountain gorillas usually weigh 350-500 pounds and grows up to 6 ft. Males are normally referred to as silver-backs because they grow hair on their backs that turn silver, the male ones are always stronger with long arms and muscular, silver’s arm can stretch for about 7 feet, Mountain gorilla life span takes between 40-50 years on this planet, they climb trees occasionally though mostly the stay on the ground, their offspring play in trees 

 

The most enchanting fact about mountain gorillas is that they share up to 98% of their genetic composition with human beings 

 

Mountain gorillas live in groups that differ in size for example from 2-30 or 40 members but most commonly in groups of 10 members, these apes have no specific season for mating, with that babies are born throughout the year. Female mountain gorillas start giving birth as early as 10 -12 years, giving birth from every 2-3 years, giving to 4-6 off-springs while males start breeding at around 15 years and above. Female gorillas have a gestation period of 8.5 months.it is always hard to identify female gorilla which is pregnant since there is large enough, to begin with (food digestion). Mountain gorilla off-springs are usually born at night with single infants and twins being rare incidents with a 40% mortality rate. 

 

Where can one see mountain gorillas in Africa? 

Gorillas can be seen in three African countries that are to say Uganda, Rwanda and the democratic republic of Congo, visitors should note that there are two types of gorillas.  Congo has got low land gorillas with sub-species while Uganda and Rwanda have got mountain gorillas for climax views.

 

Background check on mountain gorillas 

Endangered Uganda’s mountain gorillas don’t stay in zoos worldwide, they can’t stay in Detention, and only those in national zoos are low land gorillas of West Africa. Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park has approximately half of the total world mountain gorilla population.

 

FACTS  about mountain  gorillas in east africa