Role of Silverback Mountain Gorillas in a family

You have always asked yourself the Role of Silverback Mountain Gorillas in a gorilla family or group, here is the answer. Each mountain gorilla family whether habituated or not is usually led by a silverback gorilla that plays a very important role in the family. Silverback Mountain Gorillas are the adult male gorillas that have a silver “saddle” hair on their backs. They are usually older in the group and this silver hair lining on their backs comes with older age. They usually head the gorilla family and ensure the safety of the whole group.

Mountain Gorillas have a stocky build with a broad chest, long muscular arms, and wide feet and hands. Mountain Gorilla arms are longer than their legs and they move by what is known as knuckle-walking. Silverback gorillas are around six feet tall, weigh about 350 pounds. They are herbivores (eat only plants) and spend most of their day foraging for food and eating bamboo and leafy plants.

One of the most important roles of a silverback gorilla is keeping together and forming a group. The strength of the silverback gorilla in the family in most cases determines the size of the gorilla group, the stronger the lead silverback gorilla, the bigger the group and vice versa.

Mountain Gorillas live in groups or families with several individuals always led by a silverback gorilla who scares away enemies by standing erect on its hind legs, beating their chest, and stamping their feet, striking the ground with its palms, and galloping in a mock attack.

Role of Silverback Mountain Gorillas

Role of Silverback Mountain Gorillas in a Family

The other general role of silverback gorillas as well as all other gorillas is promoting ecotourism. Mountain gorillas have played a very vital role in promoting ecotourism as many tourists plan gorilla tours to go gorilla trekking. There are guided gorilla trips for tourists on Uganda gorilla safaris, gorilla tours in Rwanda, and gorilla trekking in Congo.

There are only 4 national parks that host mountain gorillas and these are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park in Congo.

To trek and see mountain gorillas in any of the national parks, tourists must pay a cost for a gorilla trekking permit. From the gorilla permit, individuals like conservationists, park rangers, and all persons involved in the conservation of mountain gorillas gain a living.

Gorillas play an important role in balancing the ecosystem by activities like eating lots of vegetation and dispersing seeds throughout the forest. They also create places where seedlings can grow and replenish the forest. Dispersing seeds through the forest is vital to other animals that share their habitat as well as humans. This also is what the forest relies on to sustain the regrowth of their environment.

How strong is a silverback Mountain Gorilla? – Role of Silverback Mountain Gorillas

With the giant size of mountain gorillas, it is popular for people to ask, how strong is a mountain gorilla? Mountain gorillas are much stronger than humans, they have one of the best strength to weight ratios of any living mammal. Gorilla strength cannot be fully measured as they rarely demonstrate their strength, being gentle animals.

With large strong and impressive canines, silverback gorillas have a bite recorded to be about 1,300 pounds per square inch and this is much stronger than that of a lion which is at 650 pounds per square inch.

Gorillas are much stronger than humans but luckily shy not attack humans and that’s why gorilla tracking safaris are possible and very safe. Gorillas have been recorded lifting as much as 1800 IB (815kg) of dead weight according to the genius world book of records whereas a well-trained human can lift a maximum of only 410 kilograms. It is possible that they can create a greater force than this.

Amazingly gorillas are very bashful creatures that usually don’t start fights. However, if threatened, mountain gorillas can attack as a form of defense and can be very dangerous if they attack.

Silverback Mountain gorillas do not often move above the ground because of their heavyweight. However, they can climb onto fruiting trees if the branches can carry their weight.

Only Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo are home to the world’s mountain gorillas and to see them, people have to visit their natural habitat. This can be done by trekking during Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, gorilla trekking in Congo, and on Rwanda gorilla tours.

These tours are exceptional and should always be considered when planning a trip to Africa. For any other primate tracking like a chimpanzee and golden monkey trekking, Uganda and Rwanda are great destinations. Contact us and also book Kenya safaris or Tanzania safaris for great wildlife viewing experiences.

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3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari is done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is located in southwestern Uganda a magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley.

This ancient rain-forest is one of the few in Africa to have flourished and home to half of the world’s endangered population of mountain gorillas.

Looking into the expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter Uganda has to offer! Apart from the gorilla trekking Tour, the park boasts of 90 mammal species, including 11 primates and prominent bird species. It is a treasure chest of flora and fauna with ten gorilla groups currently available to be visited by only eight persons per group on a daily basis. However, strict rules have to be followed to prevent behavioral disturbances and transmission of diseases.


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