Since King Kong gave Fay Wray an unforeseen boost to the top of the Tallest Building in 1933, Cinema has gone ape, portraying the gorilla as ideal monster material. Mountain Gorillas appear to be stuck in the role of the heavy. They are, however, peaceable, relatives, plant-eating primates with complex social groups. Mountain Gorillas are the biggest of all primates, which includes monkeys, lemurs, orangutans, chimps, and humans. Many people like to make comparisons between gorillas and humans, but there are several differences. Although gorillas can stand upright, they prefer to walk with their hands and also their legs. Mountain Gorillas can walk using the backs of their fingers as extra feet because their arms are much longer than their legs. This is known as the knuckle walk. Let’s see the important facts about mountain gorilla.
Mountain gorillas usually live in two isolated groups
Mountain gorillas could only be organized into two isolated groups in east-central Africa: one in the Virunga Volcanoes region, which includes three national parks in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and another in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, that also helps connect to the DRC’s Sarambwe Nature Reserve. They live in high-altitude montane and bamboo forests encircled by agricultural production as well as settlements.
Did you know that there are about 1063 species of gorillas?
There are two types of gorillas: eastern and western gorillas. Mountain gorillas are indeed a type of gorilla that is related to eastern gorillas. Including the most recent census results, mountain gorillas are critically endangered, with an estimated 1,063 remaining in the wild.
Gorillas are one of the largest living primates.
A typical male mountain gorilla can weigh 180 kg (nearly 30 stone) and stand 170cm (over 5’5″) tall.
Did you know that 98% of human DNA is similar to that of gorillas?
Because gorillas are genetically similar to humans, exposure to human illnesses, even a cold – can have potentially negative consequences because they lack the necessary immunities.
They have the ability to eat throughout the day
Mountain gorillas have indeed been observed eating snails, ants, as well as bark, which really is high in sodium, for about a quarter of the day.
Gorillas have several types of calls
This involves short barks once they are moderately alarmed or inquisitive. Male gorillas prance with spinal erectors, stomp their feet, and then intimidate rivals with vocalizations such as roars or hoots. More
Did you know that the easiest time of day for gorillas is at night?
Mountain gorilla organizations sleep together and at night in foliage-filled nests on the floor or in trees. Infants would then share their mothers’ nests in order to be protected and warm.
They live as family groups
The large percentage of wildlife species live in stable family groups of about ten people, each with one male leader and several females. The group’s males and females both care for their infants, hugging, carrying, and playing with them. Once they reach a certain age, the majority of males and approximately 60% of females leave their birth group to join another troop. This helps to avoid inbreeding.
They are in danger of extinction.
The main threat to mountain gorillas is habitat degradation. As the region’s population grows, more land is converted to agriculture, and competition for limited natural resources causes deforestation. People are entering mountain gorilla forests to collect water and firewood because they have no other option, putting gorillas at risk of human interaction and illness. People also may set snares for wildlife, which might also inadvertently injure the great apes.
Gorillas do not spend their entire lives in their forests. They take a trip onto farmland to eat crops such as maize and bananas, causing conflict with people who rely on agriculture for a living. Another potential issue is poorly managed gorilla tourism, which can have an impact on the behavior and health of mountain gorillas.
Gorillas in the wild can live for over 40 years.
Gorillas are classified as infants until they reach the age of three and a half years and as adults once they reach the age of eight years. Males between the ages of 8 and 12 are made reference to as ‘blackbacks.’ They then develop a silver section of the hair on their own hips and legs around the age of 12, earning them the nickname “silverback.”