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Do gorillas have enemies?, Do gorillas have predators? gorilla predators

Besides humans, gorillas have few enemies. Due to their massive size and power of a Silverback gorilla, these apes also have no natural predator apart from leopards. The gorillas’ social structure also helps them to prevent themselves from being prey of other animals.

The question Do gorillas have enemies is one to contemplate deeply about especially when it relates to the critically endangered mountain gorillas which are mostly sought of on Uganda gorilla safaris. It should be noted that apart from humans, the gorillas do not certainly have enemies.

Among the animals that have been registered to have an influence on the life gorillas are Leopards. This predator has been recorded in Virunga Volcanoes to have an effect on the lives of gorillas.

For example Walter Baumgärtel came across the remains of a range of gorillas that had lost their dear lives at the hands of dangerous leopards in the area. A similar case was recorded in Gabon where a leopard killed a sick young gorilla.

Upon being threatened, the behaviors of gorillas change and the family members behave differently. The Silverbacks – which are very amazing to encounter on gorilla safaris in Uganda and Rwanda release a concentrated smell with distinguishing sounds.

Other gorillas congregate in one place and share hugs or sometimes congregate around the silverback. Since it the responsibility of the Silverback to defend and offer protection to the whole gorilla family, they normally stand in between the group and the attacker.

However, most of the times, the youthful male gorillas take on this task and they eventually take the group away or attack the enemy at the same time.

The question of what gorillas eat is dependent on the nature of their habitat and the season of the year. Primarily, Mountain gorillas feed on parts of green plants unlike their counter parts the lowland gorillas which prefer a lot of fruit.

It should be noted that during the dry season, there are few juicy fruits in presence which prompts the gorillas to consume a lot of seeds and tree barks – something always seen while on gorilla safaris in Uganda or in Rwanda. Know more about What Gorillas eat 

It has been noted that gorillas can acquire many human diseases and it is upon this background that those on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and Rwanda have to keep a minimum distance to reduce on this risk.

Mountain gorillas tend to inhabit the areas with wet and cold climate which in turn tend to cause respiratory tract diseases especially Pneumonia thus claiming some of the Mountain gorilla lives. Know more about illnesses gorillas suffer from

Gorillas like most of their primate colleagues, sleep in nests which they patch in the trees or on the ground in consideration of various variables like vegetation and the security conditions.

It should be noted that every evening, gorillas construct new nests – something that is evidenced on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and this cannot be avoided even if it is very close to the nest that slept in the previous night.

Another thing to note is that, Infants or call them baby gorillas are the only ones exonerated from the task of making nests as they spend over nights with their mothers. Explore where gorillas live

Gorilla groups do not necessarily require distinct territories and neither do they defend such areas against conspecifics. Gorillas roam in what is called the home ranges whose size is dependent on the food availability.

The home ranges are always larger where the food sources are widely dispersed. In case of abundance of nutritious and high quality food plants, the distance in between the feeding sites reduces.

However, the more members the gorilla family possesses, the further will it roam and the extensive is the home range which at times causes variation in gorilla trekking times among different gorilla groups. Read more on How much space a gorilla group needs

Gorillas like most of their primate colleagues, sleep in nests which they patch in the trees or on the ground in consideration of various variables like vegetation and the security conditions.

It should be noted that every evening, gorillas construct new nests – something that is evidenced on your gorilla trekking safari in Uganda and this cannot be avoided even if it is very close to the nest that slept in the previous night.

Another thing to note is that, Infants or call them baby gorillas are the only ones exonerated from the task of making nests as they spend over nights with their mothers. Find out how gorillas sleep 

Gorillas like other apes including humans find it hard to swim naturally which prompts them to desist from expanse water masses like Lakes and Rivers.

It has been recorded however that both adult and young gorillas like to play around with water. While in quest of their food, gorillas tend to walk through swamps on their two legs keeping water levels up to their waists. Explore and know if gorillas fear water 

Primarily, gorillas dwell on ground and can only spend 5 – 20% of their daytime in trees in contrast to their primate counterparts – Chimpanzees which spend 47 – 67% of their time in trees and Orangutans spending close to 100%. Find out how often gorillas climb trees

Gorillas are always active from 6am to 6pm. Gorillas tend to have daily routine and events seem too follow each other chronologically.

Even on your gorilla safari in Uganda and Rwanda, you have a chance be part of this routine. Gorillas move out of their nests early in the morning to commence their foraging consuming as much vegetation as they can before resting in the late morning and midday.

Gorillas forage again in the in the afternoon until they rest at night. Unless it is cold and overcast which prompts gorillas to stay longer in their nests, they tend to depart their nests at dawn 6am. Know what gorillas do all day 

Mountain gorillas in Congo share their habitat with animals such as the African forest buffalo, African forest elephants, lions, and leopards. Leopards are big and smart felines that feed on meat from multiple animals and have the ability to kill an adult gorilla.

The main advantage of leopards is their ability to climb trees quickly and efficiently, which are the places where these primates build their nests.

Leopards rarely prey on adult male gorillas, but they do it specifically on western lowland gorillas. Usually, they avoid “silverback” leaders that are stronger and focus on young individuals.

Usually, humans do not hunt gorillas for bushmeat, but gorillas are also commonly killed by traps and snares set by humans to capture small animals. Poachers often kill them for their heads, hands, and feet which are sold to collectors.

The Virunga gorillas are especially vulnerable to animal trafficking for the illegal pet trade. With young gorillas on the black market worth between $1,000 and $5,000, poachers searching for infants and juveniles will kill and harm other members of the family in the process. The most recent case was the killing of a Silverback named Rafiki in June 2020 in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

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