10 Facts about Mountain Gorillas: Mountain Gorillas are found in 3 countries in Africa including Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Mountain Gorillas share 98% DNA with humans. They are wild apes surviving in the virugas, part of Volcanoes in the northwest of Rwanda,virunga Volcanoes of the central part ,Mgahinga in the south west part of Uganda, and a separate national Park – ‘Bwindi national park’ located in the southwestern part of Uganda.
1-Mountain Gorillas share a DNA with human beings.
2-The leaders and aged Mountain Gorillas are called silverbacks who is in charge of leading families which includes females and young ones.
The hair grows in a greyish color on their back as they age this defines their name silverback.
The silverback is in charge of all activities of the family and fathering the children.
3-Mountain Gorillas live in the group of 30 members including females and young ones.
4-Famele Gorillas produce at the age of 10years they carry 1 to 2 babies in the womb and go through a gestation period of 8 and a half months bearing 2 to 6 off springs in a life time.
5-The gentle giants are shy and strong. A mountain Gorilla will never chase you when you look into its eyes however if threatened they can be aggressive, they beat their chests and roar.
The silverback will fight to protect the family as well as the mother will fight to death to protect her young ones.
6-Nose prints; Gorillas have a nose print such as human finger prints which is used to identify members of the family.
7-Food facts; Mountain Gorillas are mainly herbivores – they feed mostly on Bamboo forest, leaf plant, fruits and an Adult mountain Gorilla can feed to about 30kg a day.
8- Nesting; Gorillas build nests on both trees and ground the nests are built out of leaves and branches.
9-Mountain Gorillas are large and wild apes considered endangered.
10-Mountain Gorillas are intelligent they use communication methods including sounds.
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