Silverbacks are the dominating alpha males of gorilla groups, the Silverbacks can be distinctive from other gorillas by he silver hair that grows from their backs at about he age of 11 or 12. A Silverback can weigh up to 350 pounds and about 6 feet tall with big muscles on the chest and legs, the sole role of a dominating Silverback is to protect their family from any kind of arm this can be protection from poachers, leopards, and other predators.
When Silverbacks charge, they often beat their chests loudly and stamp their feet in the ground thunderously. A gorilla can fight for their family even if it means costing their life they normally use hands, teeth and legs.
Silverbacks make group decisions this includes the movements and where nests are laid for the night, they normally lead their groups out in the day for food and other young male gorillas are not allowed to make decisions for the group. Silverbacks also teach their young ones how fetch food, how to prepare nests and how to fight among other things. Sometimes mountain gorillas engage I very aggressive fights causing injuries hat later lead to death.
Why do Silverbacks fight?
There are quite a number of reasons why mountain gorillas’ fight and this can be seen below:
To protect their family from lone Silverbacks
One of the common reasons for gorillas fighting is protecting their family from other lone silverbacks who are trying to get members from other gorilla groups to start up their own family.
In gorilla groups the dominating silverback gorilla must always make decisions for the group and the other silverbacks cannot do anything. When there’s an urge for a silverback in a group dominated by his father or another silverback to live the group and form his own family a fight must occur before the silverback can snatch some family members to start up a family.
Sometimes the cause of fights between silverback gorillas is the female mountain gorilla, a dominating gorilla can not allow other silverbacks to mate with the females in the group an attempt to do so always cause fights. Mountain gorillas can be trekked in Virunga national park in Congo, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and mount Mgahinga national park in Uganda and Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. The cost of trekking mountain gorillas will depend on the country you would love to trek this great apes from.
Mountain gorillas are also mans closest relatives sharing about 98% DNA. They are beautiful to behold and tourists can also have higher chances of seeing various types of primates while trekking the endangered mountain gorillas.