How Strong are Gorillas?

How Strong are Gorillas

Looking at a gorilla is not as looking in a mirror but watching them while they live their lives reveals how closely related humans are with them sharing about 98% of our DNA. Just like humans, gorillas are sentimental and also go emotional when they happy which makes them pull a smile or laugh and cry if things are not moving on well.

Gorillas are heavy primates with females weighing from 135-220kg but it’s just a physique their body displays with their resilience that is brought by their thick broad chests, black hair that covers their whole body except the face. Because they are humans living in the wilderness, they also have families that range from 4-30 members with the dominant male being the Alpha and omega of each family and is usually called silverback.

Generally, gorillas are calm and shy apes that don’t jump around trees like monkeys and chimpanzees but when the Silverback stands on his feet raises his fore limbs and starts slapping his chest while releasing out an uproar sound, that is when one knows how angry and aggressive these creatures are. They are just divided into two types – western and eastern gorillas that are also later sub-divided as explained below;-

Western gorillas

The best place to see gorillas also known as King Kong as most fictions and movies display is just Africa. Western gorillas are intriguing primates whose hairs are slightly lighter than those of eastern gorillas their counterparts. Just as their name suggests anyone around the world in love which watching how closely we are related to these creatures should catch a flight that is destined for Western Africa. They are further divided into western lowland gorillas and cross river gorillas.

Cross river gorillas

Gorillas are generally living in extinction globally but this subspecies is the most endangered as they are just 350 individuals sparsely populated in the North and Western parts of Africa. They were listed as critically endangered by the IUCN in their 2006 list. The cross-river gorillas have a weight of up to 440 pounds and inhabits mountainous areas, highlands and the lush green forests that straddle between Cameroon and Nigeria. It is a saddening truth that these huge ages cannot be trekked or seen anywhere in the zoo as most of their habitants have been lost, poaching has reduced them to disappearance and some gorilla groups have been left isolated on islands.

Western lowland gorillas

The most commonly seen species is definitely the western lowland gorillas as its estimated that 350,000 individuals still gallop in the wilderness. This figure is just an estimation as its quite difficult to ascertain their actual population as the dense forests of Central and West Africa jealously safe guard the treasures they were blessed with.

Besides their outstanding population, their grayish or reddish fur and their interesting way of socialization and interaction makes them stand out more than the eastern gorillas. They are the mostly seen of all gorilla species but it’s also noted that their population has decreased by over 60% in the last 25 years with various threats including Ebola diseases. Some parks in Angola, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Democratic Republic of Congo and The Republic of Congo are homes to these wondrous apes.

Eastern gorillas

Probably eastern gorillas are the real King Kongs talked about in movies because they are the largest with their fur dark, thicker and longer compared to the western gorillas especially on their arms. Anyone interested in watching the largest primates in the world should arrange for an itinerary destined for the Eastern part of Africa as that’s where they feel cozy and take refuge.

Eastern lowland gorillas

This is the largest species of all the gorillas and they are also known as graeur’s gorilla. They have large hands, stocky bodies and short muzzles. Their thumbs are usually larger than their fingers and the chest of the males don’t bare hair as they age probably its lost in the due course of the cumulative chest-thumb slapping they do. The montane forests of the Albertine Rift in D.R. Congo collaborate with the rolls and meandering hills and mountains to provide an adaptable environment for the creatures.  They are the third most badly endangered species and tourists interested in them should just flock Kahuzi Biega National Park, Odzala-Kokoua, Maiko National Park and areas in the vicinity of Itombwe Massif.

Mountain gorillas.

These are not as heavy as the eastern lowland gorillas but their thick and long fur makes them stand out and protects them against coldness while in the mountains. These species could be explorers because they enjoy venturing in itineraries through impenetrable forests at very high elevations and sky rocketing mountains as sometimes, they cross borders among Uganda, DR. Congo and Rwanda.

They are also endangered species and it’s estimated that they are around 1060 remaining in the wilderness as at 2018. Tourists interested in being up-close to these glorious apes should engage in a gorilla trekking tour to Mgahinga, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Volcanoes national park or Virunga National Park located in the three countries in which they are found.

Africa is highly gifted with a rare gem that cannot be traced anywhere in the world but it’s evident that people only get to realize the value of something after they have lost it considering the way these magnificent apes are disappearing with almost everyone having a deaf ear about it.

Governments of the countries with these magnificent creatures should improve conservation efforts to protect the lives of these remaining creatures and also venture into increasing them before they are long forgotten and just talked about in the future as stories of the extinct dinosaurs.