Silverback is an adult experienced leader with gray hair on the back. It is the leader of a family, which consist of 30 members and more of females in number and few of infants. It is responsible for the safety of members’, activities in their day to day life including their movements, protecting the family by fighting to death in case of a threat or attack.
This gorilla decides for the family members at times grabs different females from other groups / families. ‘The question is how strong is a Silverbacks?’ Research has been conducted on how strong a silverback is and actually its strength has never been measured. Its strength is evidenced by observing the gorilla casually bending and snapping objects such as banana plantations, breaking tree branches, tempered steel bars, Giant bamboo stalks.
Its muscles have power between 8-16 times that of man. The silverback is observed to hang from one arm with over 400 lbs. Infect A silverback does not use its strength to attack other animals in a manner of other apes like chimpanzees and Baboons, their peaceful in nature, with very powerful Jaws, which they use to get trees and plants.
A silverback is larger than a human body with its height ranging in height from 5’6’ to 5’9, but the arm span is impressive depending on the size of a silverback its three feet larger than the variant human length. A silverback weighs from 298 to 397 lbs this is size has attracted many tourists to Uganda to trek the mountain gorillas.
It can lift up 10 times the amount of its own body weight. It gains this weight because of the huge chunk of plants it feeds on daily which helps it to regain a lot of weight and strength and also to be able to head the entire family. Some silverback gorillas can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park but mostly in Mgahinga.