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Facts about the life of baby gorillas

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Facts about the life of baby gorillas

                   Baby gorilla/ Infant

Just like a human’s new born, a mountain gorilla’s new born is referred to as a baby or an infant. Baby gorillas born weigh about 3-41bs which is about half the average of human babies whose weight is usually around 7 pounds.

Gorilla infants are helpless at birth so the mother gorillas nurse their babies for about 3 years, following which the young become more independent. Tourists that have had safaris in Uganda and safaris in Rwanda have seen mother gorillas take care of their babies during their Uganda Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris.

Much like human babies, baby gorillas are born cute. They also crawl before learning to walk and they love breast milk. Mountain gorilla infants develop quickly because they learn to crawl at about 2 months and are walking by the time they are around 8 or 9 months.

            Mother and baby sleeping

At about four months, Baby gorillas learn to cling to their mothers’ or are experts at grasping their mothers’ fur backs before learning to walk at around nine months. During Uganda gorilla trekking safaris, tourists encounter with gorillas carrying babies on their back.

Gorilla infants stay with their mothers for about three to four years. During these years, it is the time a female mountain gorilla waits between pregnancies. And on average it takes about 5 years.

A baby gorilla crawling

Unlike adult gorillas who make their nests on the ground, young gorillas usually build their nests in trees. However, very young nursing gorillas usually share a nest with their mothers. During mountain gorilla safaris Uganda Rwanda, tourists have witnessed mother take care of their babies.

Baby gorillas start to put plants into their mouth as part of their diet because gorillas normally breast feed for about 6 months. At 8 months they regularly consume solid food since at 8 months, the baby gorilla is regarded fit to feed on normal plants.

At approximately 3 years, gorilla infants are set to become independent because their mother at this time is preparing to give birth to the next baby.

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Samuel, the founder of Prime Safaris & Tours and one of the Directors at Christ Our Vision International Children`s Ministry (COVICM), a family founded and managed vulnerable children community care orphanage based in Kalagi town Mukono-The second worse hit district with HIV/AIDS in Uganda. Samuel was born in Kampala-the capital city of Uganda, where he grew up and studied. He went to New Mulago Primary School, Mengo Senior School for both ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels then Makerere University Kampala for his degree. After annexing credible experience in the tourism industry, he opened Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd in 2008 to not only offer ultimate Africa Safari memories to travelers the world over but as an avenue to annex funds to run the Christ Our Vision International Children`s Ministry (COVICM) Many people the world over are yet to discover the all in one tourism destination-Uganda, my mother land as on several occasions witnessed by the Lonely Planet and the National Geographic Channel. As a lover of Uganda`s tourism & Nature Conservation efforts in the region. I WARMLY WELCOME YOU AND SO PASSIONATE TO GUIDE YOU IN THE LAND OF THE FRIENDLIEST PEOPLE IN THE WHOLE WORLD-UGANDA THE PEARL OF AFRICA” Said Samuel. TUBANIRIZZA NYO MU UGANDA AFRICA! (WE WELCOME YOU ALL TO UGANDA AFRICA!)
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