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Do Gorillas like Humans, And How Are Gorillas like Humans?

Gorillas uniquely have a similar genetic code with humans that is 98.67% DNA compared to humans. They also have families bound together for life dominated by a male silverback, though gorillas are like humans they don’t want to be interfered in their natural habitat especially if the humans are putting a threat to them.

It’s quite hard to know whether gorillas like humans since their wild animals, gorillas can only get used to human presence and be observed by humans in their day to day activities in their natural habitat and this is done though the process of habituation.

Gorilla habituation involves the process of making gorillas get used to human presence and this is done by rangers and researchers who visit a given gorilla family daily for a period of 2-3 years. Once gorillas pass through a mocking exercise then they are opened for trekking.

Wild mountain gorillas don’t like humans unless they are habituated and this can’t even be put as liking humans but they just become comfortable with human presence. Before habituation process a gorilla family will always feel insecure and try to charge at humans.

But there are cases like in Senkwekwe gorilla orphanage in Virunga national park in Congo where the gorillas have got so used to their caretakers and even play with them. The orphanage was created to take care of orphaned gorillas rescued from poaching. The actions these gorillas portray to the caretakers shows that gorillas can like humans but it should be noted that their wild animals and can change anytime.

Gorilla trekking

If you like mountain gorillas and want to have a memorable encounter with human close relatives in their natural habitat, then you have to travel to Africa for gorilla trekking and have one hour in the presence of these great apes. You can either trek mountain gorillas in Virunga national park in Democratic Republic of Congo, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda.

Gorilla permits

Gorilla permits cost $600 in Uganda, $400 in Congo and $1500 in Rwanda. Thousands of tourists travel to see mountain gorillas every year so ensure that you book your permits in advance of 3-6 months before travelling to the country through the governing board of that country or a trusted travel company.

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 Eat of Kill Their Babies?
  13. Do Gorillas Eat Humans?
  14. Can you Tame a Gorilla
  15. Can you Own a Gorilla?
  16. Do Mountain Gorillas live in Families & Groups?
  17. How to Protect & Save Mountain Gorillas
  18. Why Gorillas Are So Strong
  19. How Many Humans Does it Take to Beat a Gorilla?
  20. How do you call a Baby Gorilla?
  21. How Do Gorillas Sleep?
  22. How Mountain Gorillas Communicate
  23. The Gorilla Life Cycle
  24. Do Gorillas drink water?
  25. Are Gorillas friendly & gentle to humans?
  26. Why do Apes, Gorillas beat their chest & sound hollow?
  27. Gorilla Threats: Why Mountain Gorillas were endangered?
  28. Why were Mountain Gorillas going extinct?
  29. What is a Silverback Gorilla?
  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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