Silverback gorillas are often called as Mountain Gorillas. This large and strong ape is a subspecies of the eastern gorilla. Their habitats are Africa’s volcanic slopes but currently limited to protected national parks in two regions of Africa. One of them lives in the Bwindi Impenetrable National park in Uganda. Another group lives in three national parks in the Virungas mountain region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Rwanda.
Facts you didn’t know: –
- Generally silverback gorillas are shy but they can be aggressive if threatened. To show their aggression, they beat their chest with loud grunts and roars.
- They live in groups. Number of group members can reach up to 30. An older gorilla, a single alpha male leads the entire group.
- These gorillas develop the silver stripe on their back only when they are mature.
- At the time of birth, a gorilla generally weighs around 1.8 kg.
- A fully grown silverback gorilla can weigh up to 180 kg.
- Their food requirements are very high because of their size.
- They have black thick fur and shiny black muzzle.
- They are plant eaters and their main predators are leopards and crocodiles.
- Gorillas are very social animals. They have strong attachments to their group members.
- They rarely attack humans. But if a person encounters with a gorilla then he should stay still and avoid staring or pointing at the gorilla.
- Their average lifespan is about 52 years.