Characteristics S Of Baby Gorillas

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Picture of baby Gorillas (Twins)

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.

Our Charismas Trip to Murchison Falls National Park

wildlife-murchison-falls-ugandaI had worked for 6 years as the head of IT department in a Tour and Travel Company called African Jungle Adventures LTD and I never got a chance to travel and tour different place of my country till in November 2015 when we decided to organize a trip to the southwestern part of Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park. The company offered 70% of what everything needed for our trip and it gave us a vehicle with fuel and also catered for our accommodation in the park.

We set starting date of our departure on 24th / December/ 2015 and we wanted to spend the Christmas in Murchison Falls National park. At around 08:30AM the entire IT department gathered at the office and we transferred to the west and at around 10:15AM will pass the famed Luwero Triangle. This place shows the remains of the guerilla war of the 1980s that lead the NRM government into power. From there we continued and got en-route stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where we participated in rhino tracking expedition and then lunch. Then after we continued to Murchison Falls and visit the top of the falls for a wonderful scenic view of the Nile as it squeezes itself through the narrow gorge. We took some photography of the breathtaking Victoria Nile that plunges itself down the high cliff. After that amazing experience we transferred to Sambiya River Lodge for dinner and overnight.

The second day on 25th was the most interesting day of our trip as we wakeup early in the morning and transferred to the Northern part of the park for a morning game drive. Here we got a great opportunity of seeing the early risers as they emerge from there night hide outs. During this drive we got a chance of seeing different wild animals like; lions, leopards, giraffes, water bucks, elephants, hippos, bush bucks, to mention but a few. Then after we returned to the lodge for late day breakfast and head down for a boat cruise this gave us a chance of seeing more animals as they gather down at the Nile banks. Schools of hippos spill up the water forming a fountain and crocodiles busk in the sun with there mouth open. We enjoyed the cool breeze as you sail on the Nile water and then returned to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

On 26th waked up very early in the morning for breakfast and we transferred back to Kampala with en-route lunch in Luwero reaching Kampala in the evening.

It was really an amazing trip and now we are organizing to visit Queen Elizabeth national park the Uganda’s most visited park.