The endangered Mountain gorillas have intrigued the interest of man, believed to be the largest of the living primates living in inaccessible regions in various dense forests in tropical Africa. They are located within a chain of eight volcanoes known as the Virunga Volcanoes running through the western section of the Rift Valley, forming part of the border between Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.
These spectacular mountains and the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda are the last refuges of the most endangered of the gorilla subspecies, the mountain gorilla. Only about 630 of these giant apes remain. Mountain Gorillas safaris can be done in Uganda- Bwindi impenetrable forest national park as well as in Mgahinga which is part of the Virungas, Rwanda- Volcanoes National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo- Virunga National Park. These mountain gorillas have been tracked by many tourists who come for gorilla visits to Uganda.
Mountain gorillas are shy and gentle. Usually seeks no trouble unless harassed but will valiantly defend its family group if threatened. Family groups are close-knit and may have up to 30 members and even smaller, the group usually consists of at least one older male, one or more females and a few juveniles. Gorillas have strong attachments to members of their own group and even when groups meet and mingle and then subsequently part, each animal tends to remain with its respective unit. These characteristics of the mountain gorillas have greatly attracted many tourists to take on gorilla treks with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Mountain gorilla’s only known enemies are leopards and humans. Crocodiles are potentially dangerous to lowland gorillas. Poachers have also destroyed entire family groups in their attempts to capture infant gorillas for zoos, while others are killed to sell their heads and hands as trophies.
Gorilla trekking safaris have increased to Uganda due to the behaviours of the mountain gorillas which are modest and tender. More often than not looks for no pain unless hassled however will valiantly shield its family assembly if intimidated. Family aggregations are close-sew and may have up to 30 parts and even more minor, the assembly as a rule comprises of no less than one more senior male, one or more females and a couple adolescents. Gorillas have solid connections to parts of their particular assembly and yet when assemblies meet and blend and then therefore part, every creature will consistently remain with its individual unit. A grown-up male is called a silverback gorilla named because of the silvery gray hairs on its back regularly advances every aggregation, serving as its boss defender and shield.
Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours updates 2013