The mountain gorilla is one of Africa’s most endangered species of animals, with fewer than 900 individuals left in the whole world (Gorilla census report 2011). Half of this poulation is found in the Virunga ranges, a chain of volcanic mountains shared by Rwanda (Volcanoes National Park), Uganda (Mgahinga National Park) and Democratic Republic of Congo (Virunga National Park).
The gorills multiply slowly and their gestation period is about 37 weeks. It is difficult to tell if a female gorilla is pregnant since her stomach is large to begin with (for food digestion). However, some females have swollen knuckles temporarily during pregnancy. Gorillas have large round stomachs which makes. When they give birth, they take care of their young ones. They live in groups / families headed by the male silverback. Taking a Uganda gorilla safari in Bwindi National Park or Rwanda gorilla trek in Volcanoes national park offers you a agreat opportunity to safely watch these gentle giants in their natural habitat, and the baby gorilla are most enjoyable! Below are the characteristic of baby gorillas;
A baby gorilla behaves just like human baby. Baby Gorillas cling on their mothers, horse around their father -make a mess with their food, yet still like their mother’s milk the best.
The genetic similarity between humans and apes is at a remarkable 98-99%. Some allegations claim that baby gorillas learn faster that their counter human babies.
The Gorilla gestation period is 8.5 months which is very near to that of human being of 9 month.
Gorilla mothers usually wait three to four years between births because that’s how long infants stay with them – Smart move. They also only have about three babies in their lifetime. Gorilla females mature at 10–12 years; that’s when puberty kicks in for girls; male apes and boys hit it at 11–13 years.
New born baby weighs 3-4 pounds as compared to 6-8 pounds of human baby.
Baby Gorillas are nursed up to 2.5 years just like human beings.
Baby Gorillas are out much earlier than human babies. They crawl at about two months while the latter only sit upright at around six months.
Baby Gorillas walk before nine months old. At the early stage, baby gorillas move faster. But until then, similar to human babies, they try to cling to their mothers as much as they can. Gorilla babies learn to grasp their mother’s fur to ride on their backs at the age of four months and seem to have a blast doing it. They stay there and even eat and sleep on their mother’s back.
Once weaned, baby gorillas leave their mothers sleeping nests and construct their own.
Baby Gorilla starts communicating at early stage. They communicate via an intricate system of sounds and gestures – a clue as to how early humans may have communicated.
Like human babies, baby gorillas have 5 toes on each foot and 5 fingers on each hand.