Gorillas are among the most famous primates in Africa that a number of travellers interested in having an amazing experience in the continent, the activity in the country will give you the chance to see a number of different gorilla types like the mountain gorillas that are endemic to the Albertine rift and these can be seen in Mgahinga national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park for travellers interested in gorilla trekking in Uganda. For gorilla trekking in Rwanda, you will participate in gorilla trekking in volcanoes national park where you will get to watch the mountain gorillas, you will also get to see them when you participate in gorilla trekking in Virunga national park. You will also get to see the lowland gorillas in Congo by taking part in gorilla trekking in Kahuzi biega national park.

When you spend time with the gorillas in the wild, you will be able to find out a number of interesting features of the primates like their diet as you will get to see them eating a number of edible leaves, bamboo shoots, wildlife celery, invertebrates like the centipedes, millipedes and so on. You will get to see the head of the gorilla family the silver back whose hair on the back is grey but when its hit by the sun it comes off as silver hence the name silverback. While you spend time with the gorillas you will get to see the adult females grooming the young ones and breastfeeding the gorilla infants as part of their duties in the gorilla families. Other interesting features of the primates you will get to see is how organized they are in their particular families however this does not mean they do not get into fights with one another and also people because of a number of triggers. Some of the reasons why the gorillas can fight in the park may include;

Sexual relations in the group

One of the reasons why gorillas may fight one another may be as a result of sexual relations between the adult females and other male gorillas in the group. It should be noted that mating in a gorilla family is only carried out between the dominant silverback and the adult females and in case other males in the gorilla families mate with the females, there can be fight outbreaks as a result of the gorillas that take part in the relations can be sent away from the gorilla families.

Why Do Gorillas Fight
Why Do Gorillas Fight


To protect the gorilla families from intruders like other gorilla families, the gorillas can fight and this can be as a result if the need to expand the gorilla families by attacking a gorilla family/ dominant silverback in order to get members from them and in such instances there has been evidence where the dominant silverback has been defeated and a number of his  members have been taken for instance in volcanoes national park that you can visit to have the most rewarding gorilla trekking experience in Rwanda as you get to understand more about the primate species in the wild as you observe a number of their rewarding features while you participate in the activity.


For every gorilla male that is interested in having a shot at leading a gorilla family, they first have to challenge the dominant silver back to a fight and the winner becomes the dominant silverback an for the gorilla that is defeated they will chased away from the gorilla family with a number of females to start their own gorillas family which can be quite hard for gorilla families with less numbers because they are targets for gorilla families that are trying to expand their families, predators also attack gorilla families with less members as compared to  the gorillas with large numbers.

Getting in their spaces

While participating in gorilla trekking, you are urged to maintain a distance away from the gorillas and when the infants crawl in your spaces, you are advised to pet them this is because the gorillas hate being so close to them which may hinder their daily activities which may infuriate them and also lead them to act out the same applies to petting the infants which can lead them to attack you which is one of the reasons why during poaching  a number of adult females and males are killed In order to capture the young ones for smuggling because the adults will fight whatever and anyone that tries to put the lives of the infants in danger.

Competition/ food scarcity

When there is food scarcity, there can be fights between the gorillas and other primates like the chimpanzees in order to get something to eat and share among the gorilla family members. It should be noted that the gorillas can move up to 500meters away from where they establish their nests so as to get something to eat and this is because they can eat about 18 kilograms of food and more daily and in seasons where there is food scarcity it can lead them to encroach on a number of gorilla and chimpanzee territories in order to get to something to eat.

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