Sending you lovely greetings from the land of mountain

Gorillas and the Pearl of Africa. Following our interaction last week, I come

here again with some facts about mountain Gorillas, which I have learnt throughout.

Truly I first encountered them, when I was 5 years old,

since then my experience and love for them has been interesting

. Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous

great apes that inhabit the tropical forests of central Sub-Saharan Africa. The

Gorilla genus is divided into two species the eastern gorillas and the western

gorillas, and either four or five subspecies. They are the largest remaining

primates (Apes) on earth.

As our main focus is on Mountain gorillas, mountain gorillas

only live in the dense vegetation of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

National Park and along the dormant volcanic Virunga Mountain range that

stretches across Rwanda's Volcanoes National Park, Uganda's Mgahinga Gorilla

National Park, and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


the questions was, what’s

threatening the live of a gorilla and will they be extinct?

One of the main reason’s gorillas are going extinct is

habitat loss, forests where gorillas have lived for many years are being

destroyed for agricultural use, commercial logging and many other activities,

this leaves gorillas in hard conditions as they can hardly live elsewhere

except in their Natural habitats


other burning and lovely question was, how strong are mountain Gorillas?


Now, I want to make one thing clear. No one really knows how

strong a gorilla is. They haven’t competed in strong man (ape) competitions.

And no one has fought a gorilla against a buffalo, hippo or even a bear

(thankfully). This post is a combination of facts and conjecture.


interesting question was, do gorillas talk?

Just like in humans, gorilla communication can occur through

a variety of methods body postures, facial expressions, vocalizations. Mountain

Gorillas use a variety of behaviors and vocalizations to communicate dominance


one was, what do

Gorillas eat?  

Mountain Gorillas stick to a mainly vegetarian diet, feeding

on stems, bamboo shoots and fruits. Western lowland gorillas, however, also

have an appetite for termites and ants, and break open termite nests to eat the


And the

main deal of this article was, where do mountain gorillas sleep?

Mountain Gorillas build nests in which to sleep, both on the

ground and in trees, made of leaves and branches. Counting abandoned nests is

an effective way for scientists to estimate population size. As you will see

the photos bellow.

And of

course, like many conservationists. Another question was who scares the gentle


mountain gorillas like other primates and humans are scared

of water and some insects like caterpillars and reptiles like Chameleon.

Gorillas like other apes including humans find it hard to swim naturally which

prompts them to desist from expanse water masses (big water bodies) like Lakes

and Rivers.  And part from humans,

gorillas don't really have enemies. The only predator to prey on gorillas is

the leopard. Walter Baumgärtel found the remains of several gorillas after they

had been killed by leopards in the Virunga Volcanoes.


other questions was, how can one help to save these gentle Giants?

One of the most effective ways to help mountain gorillas

survive, is to donate money to organizations working on the ground to conserve

the species. Numerous organizations including Over and Above Bwindi (OAB) under

Interior safaris East Africa have

spent decades finding effective methods for protecting mountain gorillas, and

most rely on grants and donations to fund our work through these activities, you

would have surely saved a gorilla.

Trekking or tracking the gorillas.

Creating awareness.

Avoid trekking gorillas when you're ill.

Making direct Donations.

Support the local communities.

Follow rules and regulations.

Engage in other activities.

For more information please contact us through the link below .



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