Rwanda’s Mountain Gorillas

On my second day in Volcanoes National Park, I visited the KWITONDA family, a group of 22 members. When born, baby gorillas weigh less that human babies, between 1.5 and 2.5 kilograms. Mothers breastfeed for between three and a half and four years. While breastfeeding, females do not reproduce, hence limiting the potential to accelerate population growth and why census’ are only carried out every five years. I’d like to introduce my friends.

A94O1128.JPGGorilla Baby 1-c17.jpgGorilla Family 1.jpgHello 6x4-c18.jpgI just can't help myself 6x4.jpgI must eat my greens 6x4.jpgLost in Thought 6x4.jpgMunyinya Silverback 1.jpgMunyinya Silverback 2.jpgMunyinya Silverback 3.jpg

Here is a breakdown of gorilla age categories:

  • 0 – 3    baby
  • 3 – 6    juvenile
  • 6 – 8    sub-agile
  • 8+       females can breed (typically, 4 – 6 babies in a lifetime)
  • 8 – 12  males known as black backs
  • 12+      silverbacks

 

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