Amazing Facts about Mountain Gorillas

Amazing Facts about Mountain Gorillas

In this post, you’ll learn all about Uganda mountain gorillas, including their diet, habitat, silverbacks, and more. You’ll also learn specific facts about male, female, and baby gorillas.

Because Uganda is one of only three places where you can find the mountain gorilla species, many people like visiting the “Pearl of Africa” to join trekking tours where they can view these amazing mammals. They are special creatures, and before you go to Uganda, you should research and learn as much as you can about them.

Amazing Facts about Mountain Gorillas

  • Infant- 0 to 3 years
  • Juvenile- 3 to 5 years
  • Sub-adult- 5 to 9 years
  • Adult female- 9+ years depending on when she starts her menses.
  • Black back- 9 to 12 years
  • Silverback- 12+ years, depending on when the male develops a spray of silver on his back marking him as mature enough to head a family.

Chimpanzee Trekking

These primates are the closest to humans, sharing 98.7% of our DNA and they are over 5000 plus situated in Uganda. The best tourist destination known for chimpanzee trekking is Kibale National park which is a rain forest and has got over 13 primate species, these can be tracked at any day of the year and other tourists can decide to do Chimpanzee habituation experience. These chimpanzee species can be tracked starting from 8:00am in many different locations and the time of ending the track depends on when you locate them.

These chimpanzee tours go hand in hand with the mountain gorillas and it’s a great opportunity to have them on the same safari in Uganda. You will enjoy these primates as well as wildlife species found in many other national parks in Uganda. It’s also been discovered the most common popular tourist activities in Kibale is the Kanyanchu primate walk and full day chimpanzee Habituation Experience, this mostly works with the chimpanzee community which is to go under habituation. The early tourists can view the chimpanzees leave their overnight nests from 6:00- 6:30 an before copulating, feeding, breast feeding, hunting, patrolling, resting as well as displaying until the time of building new nests for resting at around 7:00pm.

These primates can also be tracked in Semiliki national park which is also a rainforest located in the Albertine Rift escarpments, Kyambura gorge in Maramagambo forest located in Queen Elizabeth National Park and in Budongo Forest which is located just near Murchison falls national park. They can also be found in the Zoo which is Uganda Wildlife Education Centre as well as in Ngamba Sanctuary Island were these orphaned primates are kept for tourism purposes.

Spend a day with the chimpanzees to see how they bang tree stems to communicate with each other.

Golden Monkey Trekking

These are unique creatures and are relatives to both the mountain gorillas and the chimpanzees. These species can be found in three countries including Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. They also weigh between 10 to 25 pounds and have got a golden body, tails, cheeks, body, and black limbs. They are also known as a sub-specie of the blue monkeys which are mainly found in bamboo forests in Virunga Volcanoes of Congo.

This species of monkeys is greatly declining since they face many difficulties like the mountain gorillas like poaching, diseases, habitat loss, war and unrest, and local community encroachments. Golden monkeys have been habituated to human presence and these offer a wonderful experience to visitors like the mountain gorillas and the chimpanzees. The male golden monkeys have got a reddish color on the back with darker patches while the females are lighter in color and have fewer brown patches. These also live in groups of 30 to 80 individuals being led by an adult male. The female golden monkeys usually defend the territories and provide protection. They fed to about 20 to 30 plant species including the leaves, fruits, invertebrates as well as bamboo. This species of primates have a gestation period of 5 months and give birth to only one offspring. Golden monkeys prefer to move and sleep high in the bamboo forests.

Golden monkey can be done in Kibale National park and also in Bwindi impenetrable national park during your gorilla trekking in Uganda. They can as well be tracked in Mgahinga national park and usually, a guide will escort you when you are in small groups and start to hike the bamboo forests where these beautiful primates live. These playful species are hard to get on camera and tourists are advised to use a low light in the dense forest.

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