The Silver Back Gorilla: Into the Realm of Powerful Gentle Giants.
Into the deep lush and dense Uganda’s forests, a magnificent and gentle giant creature reigns superior as a real symbol of strength and wisdom – the silverback gorilla.
In higher altitudes amidst the mist-covered slopes of the Virunga Mountains, this gentle beast stands as a leader for a close-knit family of gorillas, commanding respect as you encounter him.
Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park stand as the ancient natural sanctuaries supporting the breeding of these magnificent creatures, these two national parks habor over 600 gorilla individuals which is over half the population of gorillas in the whole world.
A silverback gorilla roams Uganda’s dense vegetation like a guardian of the wild with his striking silver-grey fur that symbolizes honour and leadership under the thick towering trees where the striking sun rises penetrates through the dense canopy awarding him the aura of the regal distinction.
What is a silver back gorilla?
Silverback is a special name only given to a mature male mountain gorilla, and it name was derived from the grey patch of hair that develops on the male gorilla’s back because of age.
Mostly, Silverbacks are group leaders, and they are majorly dominant, the group is referred to as a troop or family. A Silverback holds the responsibility for all the family day to day activities.
They determine where the troop should go, how the troop should get food, where to have their resting point or where to build nests to sleep at night.
Silverback gorillas are the most aggressive among all mountain gorillas and you get to witness this fact while on a gorilla trekking safari.
A dominating Silverback can mate with all the females in the family however he does not allow any other Silverbacks or young male gorillas in the family to do the same.
This is the reason why mature non-dominant Silverbacks tend to migrate in order to form their own families or otherwise they fight against the dominating silverback in order to rule so as to gain mating rights and have off springs of their own.
In case of any danger or any attack, Silverback gorillas fight to protect their families even till death. They normally use sign languages to communicate with the entire group in case of danger.
Adult mountain gorilla males weigh more than female mountain gorillas and males are also taller than females.