Are Mountain Gorillas Dangerous Species? Will they hurt me during the trek?
Currently, while on your Uganda gorilla safari tour /gorilla tracking safari in Uganda, you will find out that, mountain gorilla’s habitat is limited to protected national parks in Africa. Some gorillas live in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. The other are found in Virunga mountain region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, and Rwanda.
Visitors interested in Gorilla trekking in Uganda Bwindi impenetrable forest frequently inquire if mountain gorillas are dangerous.
While mountain gorillas are threatened they also do attack so as to protect themselves.
Generally, gorillas are very shy and reserved towards people. They will attack you only if they are surprised or threatened or if a person behaves in the wrong way. If the human get scared, the silverback male can react with horrific roaring and bluff charges. This means that he runs straight to the victim with great speed and stops just in front of human, sometimes at a distance of only 1 m. If the person then behaves passively by squatting down and looking at the ground, he has nothing to fear. The excited gorilla is provoked more if a person runs away: It will follow the fleeting and bite him into the body part he can grab first, most frequently a leg or buttock. A deep wound can be a result of such an attack.
When mountain gorillas also meet different gorilla groups, they always fight between the leader silverbacks to death.
Apart from protecting members of the group, silverbacks make orders and decide all activities within their group. They schedule feeding trips, resting time, and travel. They also act as fathers the majority of the young in the group.
On your Rwanda gorilla safari tour, you will find out that mountain gorillas behave almost the same way.