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Gorilla Lifespan

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A brief About Gorillas

Gorillas are one of the endangered species of the wild. They survive in two sub species of the eastern and western gorilla with each having two other sub species.

The eastern gorilla has two sub species of the Eastern lowland and mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei). Western lowland gorilla and Cross River gorilla are subspecies of the western gorilla.

The gorilla lifespan can be determined by the gorilla sub species because they have different habitats.

Mountain gorillas live in the tropical forests of Africa in the conservation areas of Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda.

In Rwanda, mountain gorillas are in Volcanoes national park and the Democratic Republic of Congo has mountain gorillas in Virunga national park.

All the world’s remaining mountain gorillas live in their natural habitat. Lowland gorillas live in the West African countries of Congo, Gabon, Cameroon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria.

Gorilla Gestation and Growth

The gestation period of a gorilla lasts about 8.5 months for each birth. A female gorilla gives birth after every 4 years to either a single baby or twins starting from the age of 10.

Baby gorillas nurse for about 2.5 to 3 years and their development is so similar to that of a human being though gorillas grow faster.

By 9 weeks, a baby gorilla is already able to crawl and play. Their adolescence starts at a round 6-8 years with the males getting the silver hair on their backs at the age of 13.

In captivity female gorillas mature faster compared to those in the wild that mature at the age of 10-12 years.

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How Long do Gorillas Live?

The lifespan of a gorilla varies depending on the specie and habitat. In the wild gorillas can live up to the age of 35-40 years or even more.

In captivity, gorillas can live up to the age of 50 years.

At the older age, the younger gorillas look after the old gorillas.

What threatens a gorilla lifespan?

At older age, gorillas suffer from loss of teeth, which affects their feeding. The effects on how they eat leads to reduction of their lifespan since their survival depends on healthy feeding.

Mountain Gorillas often suffer from arthritis (joint inflammation) which damages the bones, feet and hands reducing on their rate of locomotion. This reduces on how much they can look for feed for themselves.

The possible predators of gorillas are the leopards and crocodiles but luckily in their natural habitat their predators don’t live there.

Human beings are the greatest threat to gorillas. Humans have contributed to habitat loss of the gorillas by invading their habitats for settlement.

Diseases affect the lifespan of gorillas too. Gorillas are susceptible to diseases similar to those that affect human beings that’s why trekking them is controlled.

Mountain gorillas can be trekked on either a Uganda gorilla safari, Gorilla safari Rwanda or a Congo gorilla safari but under strict restrictions outlined by each country for conservation.

The gorillas can probably live longer if we leave them to stay in harmony within their habitat and don’t be the cause for their loss.



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