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The Role and Significance of Silverback Gorillas

What is a Silverback gorilla? A Silverback is a term used to describe a mature male mountain gorilla that develops a grey patch of hair along his back due to aging.

Most Silverbacks are either group dominants, lone gorillas, or rivals competing for group domination.

A Silverback is responsible for all the group’s day-to-day activities. They determine the group’s travel routes, foraging locations, resting points, and the construction of nests for nighttime sleep.

They are the most aggressive among all mountain gorillas, a fact you will witness on your gorilla trekking tours.

What is a Silverback Gorilla

The dominating Silverback mates with all the group’s females and does not allow any other Silverbacks or Juveniles in the group to do the same.

This is why mature non-dominant Silverbacks move away to form their own families or fight the dominating silverback in order to gain control.

With this, they can also gain mating rights and have offspring of their own.

Silverbacks are responsible for the safety of their families. In case of any danger, they fight to protect their families even if it leads to their death.

Silverbacks also use sign language to communicate with the entire group in case of danger.

Adult males weigh more than female gorillas and are also taller than females.

Silverback gorillas consume about 30 kilograms of food each day while the females consume up to 18 kilograms of vegetation.

A Silverback possesses a set of 13 ribs, making it a total of 26 ribs.

A single rib is heavier than that of a human being. Some of them are prone to killing young adult males (Juveniles) when they triumph in a fight and take over a family.

This is because they want to avoid future challenges.

Trekking Silverback Gorillas

To learn more about Silverbacks, you can visit Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The cost of gorilla trekking differs across all countries.

Sick people and children under the age of 15 years are not allowed to trek mountain gorillas.

Trekking mountain gorillas is not like going on a game drive or engaging in any other ordinary activity.

You have to locate these primates by hiking to the mountain slopes. You will also need a set of gorilla trekking gear, including hiking boots, garden gloves, warm clothing, raincoats, insect repellents, sunscreens, energy snacks, and drinking water.

Mountain gorilla national parks experience similar types of climates.

The best time to visit gorillas is during the dry season, typically from June to September and December to February.

The wet season might disrupt the gorilla trekking activity as some roads leading to the national parks become impassable.

The trekking trails also become muddy, slippery, and difficult to traverse.

Gorilla FAQs & Information

  1. Why Can’t You Look or Make Eye Contact with a Gorilla?
  2. Why Silverback Gorillas Fight
  3. Importance of Mountain Gorillas
  4. What to do when a gorilla charges on you
  5. What is The Largest Species of Gorillas?
  6. What is a Group of Gorillas Called?
  7. What is the Mountain Gorillas Role in The Ecosystem?
  8. The Mountain Gorilla Defense Mechanism
  9. How to Provoke/Annoy a Gorilla
  10. How Gorillas Greet Each Other
  11. Do All Gorillas Become Silverbacks?
  12. Do Gorillas like Humans
  13. Do gorillas Eat of Kill Their Babies?
  14. Do Gorillas Eat Humans?
  15. Can you Tame a Gorilla
  16. Can you Own a Gorilla?
  17. Do Mountain Gorillas live in Families & Groups?
  18. How to Protect & Save Mountain Gorillas
  19. Why Gorillas Are So Strong
  20. How Many Humans Does it Take to Beat a Gorilla?
  21. How do you call a Baby Gorilla?
  22. How Do Gorillas Sleep?
  23. How Mountain Gorillas Communicate
  24. The Gorilla Life Cycle
  25. Do Gorillas drink water?
  26. Are Gorillas friendly & gentle to humans?
  27. Why do Apes, Gorillas beat their chest & sound hollow?
  28. Gorilla Threats: Why Mountain Gorillas were endangered?
  29. Why were Mountain Gorillas going extinct?
  30. Gorilla Species: Different Kinds/Types of Gorilla & Breeds
  31. Mountain Gorilla Diet
  32. Mountain Gorilla Size, Average Height & Weight Measurements
  33. Natural Mountain Gorilla Predators
  34. Mountain Gorilla Population
  35. Lifespan of Mountain Gorillas
  36. Mountain Gorilla Natural Habitat
  37. Mountain Gorilla Conservation Efforts
  38. Mountain Gorilla Behavior
  39. How to Survive a Gorilla Attack on Humans
  40. Are Gorillas Dangerous to the People
  41. Why are Gorillas Poached in Africa
  42. How Gorillas Adapt to Rain-forest Environment
  43. Interesting Facts about Mountain Gorillas in Africa
  44. Traits, Qualities & Characteristics of Mountain Gorillas
  45. How Strong is a Silverback Gorilla?
  46. Best Place to See Mountain Gorillas in Africa
  47. Uganda Gorilla Families
  48. Rwanda Gorilla Families
  49. Congo Gorilla Families

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