Gorilla Facts

Gorillas are fascinating primates here are interesting facts about these gentle giants.

Gorilla nose prints are as unique as fingerprints. Researchers and rangers who study and protect gorillas differentiate them apart from their nose prints. Gorillas share 98% of their DNA with humans. This interesting fact explains their unique behaviors that are somehow close to humans.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Gorillas in Bwindi

An Adult male gorilla is called silver back. When young a male gorilla has its back entirely grey, however as grows older its back turns grey. An adult male gorilla has strength 10 times that of a human however they are gentle giants much of the time and are only aggressive when they feel threatened

A gorilla can weigh up to 200kgs and are mainly herbivores that can eat up to 30kgs of plants per day

Gorillas are very social animals that live in groups known as families headed by a silverback. A typical gorilla family usually comprises a silverback, female gorillas, and their offspring. Males are often pushed out of the group when they reach adulthood and develop the silver back at around 12 years, becoming lone males until they can take over a group of females when a group male is too old to defend it or dies.

Gorillas are endangered species, however, due to conservation efforts over the years, their numbers have been growing over the years. To be part of the conservation efforts of Gorillas in Uganda book a trip to go gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park

They’re One of the Biggest, Most Powerful Living Primates

An average silverback gorilla can weigh up to 180kg (that’s almost 30 stone), and measure 170cm (over 5’5”) tall on all fours. In contrast, female mountain gorillas weigh 90kg and measure up to 150cm (4’9”).