Different Between a Gorilla and Chimpanzee – Safari Uganda

Different between a Gorilla and Chimpanzee; These are two types of primates ,each with different feature .And among all ,Gorilla is the largest  that ranges  on central and Western  ,there are only  two species of  gorillas namely ;the western ‘’Gorilla gorilla’’ and Eastern ‘’Gorilla beringei’’ .Of which Eastern gorillas ‘’Mountain Gorillas ‘’are found in the central African countries Uganda and Rwanda  and Congo while  Western Gorillas  are found  in Cameroon ,Nigeria and Angola many more .The gorilla group –family can be led by the silverback in the tropical to subtropical forests ,this so called silver backs have height that measures 1.5 -1.8 meter tall ,weigh between 140 and 200 kilograms.

What is a Chimpanzee?

Chimpanzees are the most intelligent in all mammal kingdom other than humans as they have the second largest brain compared to the body weight. Therefore, common Chimpanzees ranges in larger area in central and western Africa than a pygmy chimpanzee. The male chimpanzee’s weights about 70 kilograms and about 1.7 meters tall.

Below are the main facts the differentiate between a Gorilla and Chimpanzee as follows;

Gorillas live in groups called troops whereas Chimpanzee live in

Gorillas are herbivores / vegetarians whereas Chimpanzee is Omnivorous in food habits.

Gorillas live up to 50 years in the wild whereas Chimpanzee live up to 40 years.

Gorillas have small ears places on the back of their heads whereas chimpanzees have comparatively bigger ears on their back.

Gorillas are twice the size of a chimpanzee while they are both primitives with larger brains inside.

Gorillas are the largest extant apes in the primate’s family line and are known for their huge body structure.

Gorillas are mostly docile in most parts and can be known as a down on earth mammals, spend most of their time on ground compared to Chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee are smaller in size compared to Gorilla’s size, they have reduced sagittal crests and less mandible beyond their maxilla.

Chimpanzees has a pink colored face making them easy to distinguish between gorillas.

Chimpanzees like staying more on the trees than on the ground compared to Gorillas.

Gorillas belongs to the tribe of Gorillini and genus called Gorilla whereas Chimpanzees is an apes that belong to the tribe of Hominimi and genus pan.

Gorillas live longer due to their long lifespan, which is lesser in terms of chimpanzees.

Gorillas are larger and often referred to as twice the size of a chimpanzee thus making the chimpanzees smaller in comparison.

Different Between a Gorilla and Chimpanzee
Different Between a Gorilla and Chimpanzee

Gorillas are herbivorous animal’s animals in their family line while chimpanzees are   omnivorous due to their habitat.

Gorillas tend to have black faces whereas chimpanzee have pink faces with a reddish touch.

Gorillas are somehow shy whereas chimpanzee are the intelligent ones in their family.

Where to find gorillas -Uganda &Rwanda

Gorillas –Mountain gorillas can only be find in three countries worldwide Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Both three counties each having different gorilla trekking prices –Uganda Gorilla Trekking cost USD700 per person per day for Foreign nonresident and USD600 for Foreign resident, Rwanda Gorilla Trekking cost USD1,500 per person day and Congo Trekking is the cheapest at USD400 per person. There is also special activity of Gorilla Habituation Experience ‘’a full day habituation activity’’ done only in Uganda.

In Uganda gorilla trekking can be done in two national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda can be done in Volcanoes National Park and in Congo’s Virunga National Park.

Where to see chimpanzees –Uganda &Rwanda

Uganda hosts the largest number of Chimpanzees in East Africa in total of 5000 individual and over 1500 members are found in Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park famously known as capital of primates and the rest in other primate’s place such as Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest among others. In Rwanda chimpanzees can be encountered in Nyungwe National Park and Cyamudongo Forest.

Conclusion, Gorillas and chimpanzees both   have similar traits due to their shared family lines but they are distinguished mammals which tend to look similar to innocent minds. Their appearances, habitat survival strategies and behaviors are all different and extended to their own traits. This is because both species are habitat in the deepest of forest though people confuse them according to their appearance yet they are not mere small sized monkeys. Their distinguishing traits make them diverse.

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