MOUNTAIN GORILLA FACTS
Mountain Gorillas, also known as Gorilla beringei beringei, are the largest of the living primates. Half of the giants population lives in the dense rain forests of Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a habitat to about 340 gorillas, and 358 gorillas are shared by 3 National parks which include Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (Uganda), Virunga National Park -Southern Sector (DRC) and Volcano National Park (Rwanda).
Gorillas are Black or brown-gray fur with black skin on chests, palms and faces, live in habitats including Gorilla habitats are dense montane forests with rich volcanic soils. Males develop a silver back as they mature and they grow up to 5'6" upright and 4'6" normal stance, while females grow-up to 5' upright and 3'6" - 4' normal stance.
Males weigh up-to 300-500 lbs, Females weigh up-to 150-250 lbs while Babies from one to three years weigh between 20-30 lbs.
Their diet consists of fruit, fungus, bamboo, tubers, leaves, wild celery, flowers, thistles and Insects. However, they do not drink water as they obtain all the moisture they need from the large amounts of foliage they consume. They have strong social behaviors with a Gestation period of 8 1/2 months, with babies learning from adults, as well as strong family ties living in groups of 3-30. There are typically 3-4 years between births and infants stay with adults for 3-4 years.
The Gentle intelligent giants have stern vocalizations like grunts, high-pitched barks, strong looks, screams and also chuckle, smile, purr and generate about 25 distinct noises. Gorillas are quadruped, with Physical Characteristics including short muzzles, large nostrils, dark small eyes and ears, large jaw muscles and broad, strong teeth, Coarse, ears, hands, and feet. Each gorilla has a unique nose print and they recognize each other by their faces and body shapes. Predators include humans, Leopards and crocodiles.