WHY ARE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS ENDANGERED? ENDANGERING OF GORILLAS
Despite their recent population growth, the mountain gorillas are still threatened. As of 2020, mountain gorillas are listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List and are dependent on conservation efforts to survive.
Besides having few natural predators, the most dangerous enemies of mountain gorillas are humans. In some areas like in Democratic Republic of Congo, gorillas are hunted for bushmeat; they suffered wars, habitat loss through deforestation and often fall in traps destined for the small animals like duikers.
The other great threats that have led to their endangerment include diseases and reducing genetic diversity as a result of a slow rate of reproduction. Female gorillas get their sexual maturity when they are 10 years and above. Females produce once after four years. Males become sexually active when they are fifteen.
A baby gorilla grows up surrounded by caring adults is looked after by its mother until it is nearly six years old. In spite of all this support, more than 40 per cent of the young gorillas rarely survive during their first year.
if you are to trek and see gorillas in Uganda they are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwanda in Volcanoes National Park or the Democratic Republic of Congo in Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park
GORILLA FACTS FAQs
- what is a gorilla?
- Where do gorillas get their name from?
- How many species of gorillas are there?
- Where can you see gorillas in Africa?
- What is the size of the Mountain gorilla?
- What’s the biggest type of gorilla?
- What makes mountain gorillas unique? |What is special about mountain gorillas?
- How do mountain gorillas look like/What special features do mountain gorillas have?
- What is special about a mountain gorilla’s nose? /Do gorillas have unique nose prints?
- What is the daily life of a gorilla like?
- How do mountain gorillas move?
- Can a mountain gorilla climb? /Can gorillas climb trees?
- Do gorillas live alone? /Do mountain gorillas live in families?
- Do gorillas live in nests? /Do gorillas build nests?
- What do mountain gorillas eat? /Will a gorilla eat a human?
- How much does a gorilla eat per day?
- Why does gorilla have canines?
- How do Gorillas communicate?
- How smart is a mountain gorilla? How intelligent are gorillas?
- Why do gorillas beat their chest?
- Do female gorillas beat their chests?
- Why can’t you look at gorilla’s eyes?
- Can a gorilla be a pet?
- What is a baby gorilla called?
- How many babies do female gorillas have?
- How long do baby gorillas stay with their mothers?
- What is the average life span of a mountain gorilla? /How long does a gorilla live?
- Are mountain gorillas friendly? /Are gorillas gentle?
- Can mountain gorillas be aggressive? /Are gorillas aggressive?
- How strong is a mountain gorilla? /How strong is a silverback gorilla?
- What is a gorilla afraid of? /What do gorillas fear?
- Who are gorilla enemies? /Do gorillas have predators?
- Are there mountain gorillas in zoos?
- How many mountain gorillas are left in the world?
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