How long do baby gorillas stay with their mothers?
How long do baby gorillas stay with their mothers? Baby gorillas are young ones of endangered mountain gorillas in African wildness. Importantly gorillas are only traced in destination countries off Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The young ones of gorillas are sometimes are called infants
Baby gorillas behave similarly to young human children, they spend most of the time with their mothers feeding on breast milk, once produced, young gorillas are beautiful with their mothers, and they creep the ground before other processes of development such as learning how to feed independently.
Remember still that these tiny creatures share almost 99% their DNA with that of human beings and this is what makes them unique wild species. In Uganda, gorillas are located in both Bwindi and Mgahinga National parks both situated in the western part of Uganda.
Mother gorillas apart from living in the jungle, are much careful with their children and therefore they keep and close eye on them and support their newly born babies. Within just two months, baby gorillas start heaving and after 9 months they will have learned how to walk and lean on their mothers back by grabbing her fur.
Usually, the baby gorillas stay with their mothers for the period averagely of 3 to 4 years and this is exactly the time when the mother gorilla is ready for pregnancy or to conceive again.
Newborn gorillas like the mothers live in the forests and immediately at birth they weigh between 2.5 to 4 pounds and their mothers take responsibility to cherish for the period of about 2 or almost three years when they have developed features to sustain themselves without the close look of their mothers.
The moment the mother gorilla dissuades the gorilla baby, gorilla babies start their own life by building their own nests using grass and light vegetation. At this time the baby gorilla can walk using both legs and arms, generally, gorillas have long arms as compared to their legs but they use all for walking. They can as well walk using hind legs only.
The adult male gorillas known as silverbacks give protection to the young babies and through guidance, young gorillas easily get adapted to the environment. Young gorillas will live in the group or gorilla family where they have been born and they may decide to stay or to join other gorilla families once they are old.
By being fostered by the mothers close to three years, bay gorillas adapt quickly to their environment by always moving around their mothers. And ultimately they start to rove around with their father gorillas are known as silverbacks, make jumbles with food especially during eating and do all sorts of damages and hurts.
When gorillas grow, they are characterized by features such as having wide chests, long arms, and strong body posture. Like any other herbivores, gorillas feed on vegetation and are taken as adults when they reach about 10 to 13 years old. The gestation period of a mother gorilla is about 9 months as in humans.
In conclusion, you can learn all this history and life of mountain gorillas by choosing to go for a gorilla trek expedition in Africa particularly in Uganda which inhabits half of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas.