Facts About Bwindi Mountain Gorillas



An encounter with mountain gorillas should be counted among the best moments in the wild worldwide. Mountain gorillas are rare species, there are over 900 mountain gorillas remaining in the whole world, half of the total world mountain gorilla population reside in Uganda at Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable national parks.


Mountain gorillas mainly are herbivorous that feed on vegetation, stinging nettles, eat fruits, wild celery, leaves, thistles, and bamboo shoots. Although vegetarians sometimes can grab small insects, larvae, and ants for delicacy.


Mountain gorillas live together in different families or group, where two or three mountain gorilla families meet and mix with each gorilla belonging to a certain gorilla family, every gorilla goes back to his/her own family at the time of departure, A dominant silverback leads the entire family that consists of about 10-30 members until death sometimes, all year round. 


Mountain gorillas are rare species that live in a hilly region, they hike mountain peaks, which are forested, with thick fur that helps them to survive coldness in higher altitudes. 


Mountain gorillas share 98% DNA of human genes which makes them so prone to human diseases, such as airborne diseases such as cough, flue that can easily spread from people to the mountain gorilla, with that view travelers are kindly advised to keep some distance of about seven meters away from mountain gorillas.  


 Mountain gorillas are slightly slow in giving birth compared to other primates, the female mountain gorillas give birth at 10 years, mountain gorilla gestation period takes 8.5 months and they give birth to one baby gorilla, It is not common for mountain gorilla to give birth to twins


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