How Long Do Gorillas Live – Life Span of Gorillas

How long do gorillas live? The longevity or lifespan of a gorilla is estimated to be about 35 -40 years in the wild. They may live up to 50 years in captivity. Although the oldest gorilla known as Western Gorilla ‘’female’’, died at 69 years on 17-01-2017 at Colombus Zoo and Aquarium.

However, gorillas share 98% DNA with humans, that’s why are called the human closest cousins after the chimpanzees and Baboons. Mountain Gorillas are intelligent mammals and critically endangered species sharing 98% DNA with humans.

Other types of gorilla species include; lowland gorillas which are found in the forest of Gabon, Nigeria, Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial of Guinea and Democratic Republic of Congo. While the great Mountain Gorillas live in the tropical rain forest of mountain areas in Africa. In Africa mountain gorillas can be seen in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

These two species have differences in the habitats, color and how long their hair is. Gorillas look after the aged members in a similar way as human. According to the world life Fund, Gorillas have a distinct signs of age. The lifespan of Gorillas ‘’age’’ is from 35 to 40 years, mountain Gorillas often suffer from arthritis that damages the bones, hands as well as feet.

While Gorillas in the zoo can live up to 50 years and much compared to the mountain Gorillas. They can also suffer from loss of teeth, meaning they have a problem of feeding. And this is because gorillas take long to feed than other members of the family which adds on the reduction of the lifespan of Gorillas thus leading to their early death.

How Long Do Gorillas Live?
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How long does a gorilla live? Why do Old Gorillas Die Easily?

Mountain gorillas usually live from the range of 35 to 40 years. Old gorillas often suffer from arthritis, this is due to the age effect which mainly damages the bones in their hands and feet.

Old gorillas also face a challenge in the loss of teeth as a consequence of periodontitis thus causing a problem in feeding.

Old gorillas love travelling than the other members of the family.

Visiting mountain gorillas –Can be done in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park and Kahuzi Biega national park in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Some facts about Mountain Gorillas

Mountain gorillas move in groups up to 40 individuals dominated by a silverback. And an adult male gorilla can weigh up to 200 kilograms and reaches 6 feet when standing on two legs.

Female Mountain gorillas normally give birth from 4 to 6 years with gestation period of about 8 and half months.

Female gorillas can reach sexual maturity at the age of 10 years old whereas males turn active at the age of 15 years.

Female gorilla can give birth about 2 to 6 offspring’s in a life time and the ends up making initiate mating.

Mountain gorillas spend their day eating; fruits, bamboo shoot, leaves, stem, come along insects and small animals. They cannot survive outside their nature habitats.

Old mountain gorillas often develop white fur on their backs, thus the reason they are called silverbacks.

In Uganda mountain gorillas are inhabitat in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park both lies in southwestern region of Uganda, approximately 9 to 10 hours’ drive from Kampala to the main safari destination. However, Uganda Gorilla trekking Safaris take place in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park a home to over 21 habituated gorilla families and two gorillas families in Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Therefore, Bwindi has four gorilla trekking sectors where gorilla trekking experience can be done such as Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rushaga and Rushaga sector.

To visit Mountain Gorillas, a traveler must obtain permit in advance to enjoy these emotional experience, gorilla permit costs USD700 per person per trek in Uganda, USD1500 in Rwanda and USD400 in Congo. It is advisable to book your permit in advance to avoid disappointments most especially in peak season in the months of June to September and December to February. Gorilla trekking is a one-hour life time changing experience or you can choose to go for Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable national park –takes 4 hour experiencing a memorable lifestyle of these giant gentles, accompanied by the researchers, park rangers and scientists in conservation of gorillas.


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