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Gorillas in Uganda

Gorillas in Uganda, are more than half of the world’s mountain gorilla population found on the Virunga Mountain slopes in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

There are two species of gorilla recorded only in Africa: the Eastern and Western Gorilla. Uganda’s mountain gorilla is a subspecies of the Eastern gorilla, found only in the east-central African rainforests. As their name hints, they live only in the mountains at elevations between 8,000 and 13,000 feet.

According to a recent publication (2018), a little more than 1,000 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth. Some of the mountain gorilla population lives in the rainforests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa. The other almost half roam the jungle floors of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

How do Gorillas in Uganda survive?
Gorillas possess a number of traits that contribute to their resilience to a changing climate, they are tolerant to a wide range of temperatures, are exposed to fairly high climate variability, have low freshwater requirements, and feed on a variety of abundant food.

They have long and thick fur which enables them adapt to their colder rain tropical rain forest.

Another interesting defense mechanism for mountain gorillas is standing upright to appear bigger and taller, thus scare away the predators.

They have strong hands. Mountain gorillas generally have stocky bodies with strong hands that they use while fighting their predators-especially leopards.

How do gorillas feed?
Gorillas are herbivorous animals and their diet is vegetation. They usually eat parts of vegetation, For example they may eat only the leavess, pith, stalk, or roots of a particular plant.

They use their agile lips and hand dexterity to manipulate the vegetation for the particular portion they want to consume. Gorillas do not overexploit an area for food.

How do gorillas multiply?
Female mountain gorillas begin to reproduce at 10 years old and give birth to a small infant every 4 years. Their gestation period is around nine months long, similar to that of a human’s. Infants are dependent on their mother until 3 years of age but remain with the group and are still juveniles until 6 years old.

The dominant silverback mates with all females in the group as soon as they begin ovulation. The moment when a female gorilla is ready to mate is not evident physically like it is in chimpanzees. In most cases, it is the female who initiates the mating process as soon as she ready.

How do gorillas relate with human beings?
Gorillas share 98.3% of their genetic code with humans, making them our closest cousins after chimpanzees and bonobos. The largest of the great apes, gorillas are stocky animals with broad chests and shoulders, large, human-like hands, and small eyes set into hairless faces.

Generally, gorillas are very shy and reserved towards people. They will attack only if they are surprised or threatened or if a person behaves in the wrong way. If the human makes an unexpected movement, the silverback male can react with horrific roaring and bluff charges.

All in all gorillas are very interesting and cool apes to interact with. No wonder they are the most acted on in movies like; Kingdom of the planet apes, Kong and many more.

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