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How many Babies can Gorillas Have? Can they birth twins?

How many Babies do Female Gorillas Have? How Many Offspring Does a Mother Gorilla Have

Wondering how many babies do female gorillas have? Most Gorilla born are single infant is births annually, with twins being a rare scenario among both mountain gorillas and western lowland gorillas.

(Although Uganda has had some twin births in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park). Due to the high mortality of about 40% for new gorilla babies an adult female usually only has 1 surviving offspring matured every 6 to 8 years.

As a result, many female Gorillas only manage to have 2 to 6 gorilla babies/offspring in a lifetime.

Amazing Facts About Baby Gorillas and their Birth

  • It has been discovered that Infant gorillas are usually smaller than human infants at birth.
  • Gorilla females have a gestation period of about 8.5-month long, and Gorilla infants weight about 1.4 – 1.8 kg at birth. (Usually half the weight of an average human baby)
  • Gorilla babies grow faster to maturity about 12 years. By the time they’re adults, they weigh more than the average human being.
  • Infants gorillas commonly stay under the physical care of their moms for between 5 to 6 months. Gorilla mothers always keep in close physical contact with their young ones for about 6 months after they’re born to keep them safe during foraging, travelling and active moments and provide comfort for their babies.
  • As Infant gorillas make 3 months of age, they will start playing with objects and acquaint to their environment. When they make about 8 months, they start exploring walking within a few feet from the mother until they are old enough to move further away from their mother on their own but in the company of they will siblings.
  • Because Female gorillas have a slow reproduction rate. The maximum number of offspring they may have during their lifetime is 2-6. The male gorillas reach sexual maturity at the age of 15 and normally, male gorillas have 10-20 offspring, but from different females.
  • The female gorillas reach sexual maturity at the age of 10 years. When they reach this period, female mountain gorillas give birth to a single baby gorilla every 4 years.
  • Research has shown that about 26% of the gorilla babies die in the first year, especially if the mother shifted to another gorilla family/group with her baby, the Silverback in the new group OR if a new Silver back takes up the current group, it will frequently kills the new baby as keenly observed in the mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes.

Female gorillas surprisingly make the first move towards the male gorillas for mating. They are sexually accessible during the estrous period. They have an estrous cycle of 28 days and, right after giving birth, they stopped ovulation for so many years.

Mountain gorillas do not have a specific breeding season and babies are produced throughout the year. If they were not threatened, their population would be greater than that of human beings. Due to habitat loss, poaching and disease transmission, gorillas have a high infant mortality rate and almost 60% die before their sexual maturity.

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