Are Gorillas Dangerous to People? Gorillas are ground dwelling endangered subspecies very shy and reserved towards people. They are comprised of two subspecies western critically endangered gorillas and the eastern mountain gorillas. Notable mountain gorillas are subspecies of Eastern endangered found in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Cong.
Mountain gorillas live in the tropical montane rain forest of Bwindi impenetrable forest in the south western region of Uganda and in Virunga mountain of Volcanoes national park of Rwanda and Virunga national park in Congo.
Mountain gorillas share 99% of DNA to those of human being that’s why they have unique noise print to that of individuals just like human’s thumbprint which is unique to each one of them.
They feed on vegetation diet of roots, wild celery, tree bark, fruits, and shoots.
Though mountain gorillas during the 19th century were being killed and poached, recently in 2018 the number of mountain gorillas reportedly was increased to over 880 individuals in the world, and over 400 individuals inhabit in Bwindi impenetrable forest.
How dangerous are gorillas to people?
Gorillas are not necessarily dangerous wild apes though they need very careful handily. They might become very dangerous when they are approached with the aim of assuming danger but they will first warn before attacking.
Gorillas are being threatened to people if they behave to them in bad way and human encroachment in their territory causes silverback males to react with horrific hooting, roaring, and bluff charges.
However, before mountain gorillas feel aggressive they will first send a warning by threating if there is unexpected movements in their territories such as the silverback who heads the family will react in a horrific roar.in case it gets aggressive to human you have to run straight to the victim on quick speed and stops in front of him and stand at a distance of one meter away. People are advised not to fight gorillas back when it attacks you, as you’re supposed to look at the ground with no fear. If you persist to run to away this will force the gorilla to run after you and harm you.
Mountain gorillas are the most dangerous to themselves when the silverback is fighting to dominate the family.
The dominant silverback happens to fight with other silverbacks when they are trying to access the female gorilla in the family because is the only male gorilla who is supposed to mate all the female gorillas in the gorilla group.
In conclusion, gorillas are not dangerous wild apes but will only attack when their peace is disturbed through being threatened or intimidated after several warnings from them. They usually attack people or poachers who do not follow rules being given to them on how to stay in the presence of gorillas.
How to Avoid gorilla attacks?
Once you realize gorilla’s warning or it begins to send warning through signs like beating their chest, you who is a victim is advised to act like gorillas themselves by tearing or eating vegetables, crouching down, make yourself small in front of them.
You should avoid taking flash cameras or flash light while visiting gorillas and never attempt to torch these gorillas because this flashlight makes them insecure which may result in attacking you. More so you should also avoid having direct eyes to these gorillas or showing out your teeth when you are in their presence.
Travelers should endeavor to keep a distance of one meter away from these great apes and never to attempt or touch on them because they are wild animals. The unique and gorgeous experience of gorilla trekking can be done in Uganda Bwindi impenetrable national park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park and Virunga national park in Congo. Doing a gorilla tour needs one to be mindful of this advice in order to avoid any incident with mountain gorillas in their natural habitats.