The Magnificent Gorilla.
Magnificent bwindi gorillas; When you watch the movie Tarzan, either the live-action or the animation, you are tempted to find out if truly gorillas behave like they are portrayed. You wonder if you can find a way to communicate to animals that apart from speech and civilization are like human. Perhaps you secretly wonder if you could leave one annoying family member with them and see how well they will be raised. But the truth remains that you will not find the experience Bwindi Impenetrable Park in Uganda offers as you view the mountain gorillas it is most famous for.
A gorilla, like most of uncorrupted creation, is a majestic thing to behold. They can usually be seen on all fours as they walk around the forest. Their upper bodies are structured bigger and firmer than the lower this is because when need be, a gorilla like most other primates can easily swing from tree and that bulks up its chest. Because they are usually seen on all fours, getting up on twos signifies a shift in emotion.
If you have used the idiom ‘beat one’s chest’, you’ll be pleased to know that a trip to Bwindi will lend understanding to its originality. Gorillas beat their chests, literally, to show their emotions and it’s usually the best sign that trouble is about to breakout. Since the male gorillas are most aggressive and also seen to be the leaders of their troops, they’ll beat their chests to signify anger or dominion usually over a weaker male gorilla that happens to be in their troops. All gorillas though will use this to show loss too. Yes, they feel loss of a member as acutely as humans do and are not afraid to mourn that loss even with an audience close. They can also groom the dead as they come to terms with the loss.
As you go to view a creature that easily towers feet above you and is much stronger than you, the most pressing question is ‘am I safe from being eaten alive?’ Gorillas are a kind of herbivore termed as folivore according to the National Geographic Society. The short answer to that pressing question therefore is yes. Gorillas will not eat humans because their teeth are not suited to tear flesh apart. They are more likely to be found eating trees and can easily tear into tougher plants like bamboo. They can also be seen to eat ants and termites for proteins. Maybe you need to drop by Bwindi Impenetrable Park to impress your children into eating a balanced diet.
Gorillas are naturally said to be shy animals and will not usually seek out strife. Does this mean that they are boring and there is nothing to do but watch them eat and sleep all day? Not at all. Gorillas know how to have fun. If you go in during their rest hours you may have the privilege of watching a wrestling match but you shouldn’t worry as this is considered all fun. The entire troop will take part in what may be termed as cheering and this will grow intense and loud in tune with the match. Aside from wrestling, they will be seen to engage in other social activities that humans are not privy to as yet. Perhaps when you go you will be the one to discover what they are really doing when humans think they are sitting quietly and being lazy, maybe they are drawing up a conspiracy on how to overthrow the human race. The bottom line is that there is plenty to observe when viewing a gorilla.
Maybe you read this about gorillas and immediately thought of Bruno Mars’ very-mature-content-song titled Gorilla and are now wondering how gorillas go about that business. Well, mating is a very natural process of all animals and gorillas have been found to be polygamous. They do not have a designated mating period. As a hat-off to most feminists out there, they’ll be pleased to know that it is the female gorilla that seeks out a mate. It has to live its born troop and find a male from another group and must attract a male with movements, touch and sound. Not that different from man really. Gorillas give birth to only one infant per pregnancy and can be seen to carry their young on their backs, which is also another sight to look out for when at the park.
When faced with something as beautiful as the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there are questions that arise that may be known to you only. You may want to know the naming process of the infants or how they can effectively tell each other apart yet to the human eye they all appear the same. A trip to the park will offer insight to some of these or maybe not but you will have an experience that no one can take from you. Behold, the magnificent gorilla.