What is a group of gorillas called? – Gorillas live in groups called troops
What is a group of gorillas called? – Gorillas are the largest and strongest primate species on earth. Just like the Chimpanzees and baboons, they are also closely related to human beings. Gorillas live in tropical rainforests in East, Central and Western Africa. There are 2 species of Gorillas namely the Eastern Gorillas and Western Gorillas and each of these are further categorized into sub species. Mountain Gorillas and Eastern lowland Gorillas are the subspecies of Eastern Gorillas and cross River Western Gorillas and Western lowland Gorillas are the subspecies of Western species of Gorillas. Of all these subspecies, the mountain Gorillas are the most endangered and they can be seen only in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
What is a group of gorillas called? A group of Gorillas is called a troop or a band. Gorillas live a social life in the tropical rainforests. These Gorilla groups are also referred to as families. A group of Gorillas consists of 5-30 members including the silverback, females and their off springs and sometimes a few more males. The group is headed by a strong silverback that is in charge of member’s security and is the only one who mates with the females. In case another male in the group attempts to mate with his females, it is seen as disrespect so they engage into a brutal fight and is pushed out of this group to go and find another Gorilla group.
Gorillas are very interesting animals to watch and the most popular places to see them are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic Congo. These are the only homes of the endangered mountain Gorillas.
Mountain Gorillas do not survive in captivity and therefore there is nowhere else you can see them apart from the above mentioned National Parks. It is said that between the 1950s and 1980s, poachers were paid by zoos to snatch mountain Gorilla babies from Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo which they did after killing the adult Gorillas but the Gorilla babies did not survive.
There are habituated Gorilla groups in each of the National park and they are always available for trekking throughout the year. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has the largest population of Gorillas and the highest number of habituated groups of Gorillas than any other of the above national parks. Tourists to this park have 98%chances of seeing these impressive cousins of theirs in the forest after an adventurous hike.
Groups of Gorillas
Families of Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park include Mubare Gorilla family, Nkuringo Gorilla family, Rushegura Gorilla family, Habinyanja Gorilla family, Bweza Gorilla family, Bushaho Gorilla family, Kahungye Gorilla family, Nshongi Gorilla family, Busingye Gorilla family, Mishaya Gorilla family, Orugozo Gorilla family, Bikingi Gorilla family, Kyaguriro Gorilla family, Christmas Gorilla family, Bitukura Gorilla family, Katwe Gorilla family, Mucunguzi Gorilla family, Mukiza Gorilla family and Kutu Gorilla family.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is divided into four sectors where Gorilla tracking takes place. The Gorilla groups above are found in the different sectors and tourists are allocated to a group depending on the kind of experience they wish to have in the forest. some Gorilla families are located in areas that are steeper compared to others and would therefore require more energy in hiking while others are located in closer and less steep areas and would therefore favour people who are not good at hiking.
Gorilla tracking permits cost USD700 per person per trek in Uganda, USD1500 per person per trek in Rwanda and USD400 per person per trek in the Democratic Republic of Congo.