What is the Size of a Silverback Gorilla

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Silverback gorilla size – Mountain gorillas are one of the apes that are closely related to human beings. They share 98% DNA with humans. They are critically endangered species of primates found only in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratioc Republic of Congo. Today, there are more than 1,000 mountain gorillas remaining with half of the number living in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and the other half in the Virunga massif.

Mountain gorillas live in groups of an average of 20 members and each group has a leader known as a silverback. A silverback is a male mountain gorilla that is mature. Maturity is clearly seen from the change of the back hair of the gorilla which turns from black to grayish-silver color. As a leader of the group, silverbacks are respected by other male gorillas in its group. The size of a silverback gorilla is different from other gorillas especially the females. Besides their size, silverback gorillas are also strong enough to always defend their group members in case of any problem or enemies.

Silverback size- description of the size of a silverback gorilla

A Silverback gorilla has a broad chest which can be about 1.9 meters wide. It has long and muscular arms and wide feet and hands. The arms of silverback gorillas are longer that their legs. They have long black hair which keeps them warm in their cold environment. They grow up to a height of 4-6 feet with an arm span of 2.6 meters.

Gorilla size differentiates a silverback from a female gorilla. The bigger size of silverbacks corresponds with their weight. Silverbacks weigh up to 200 kilograms while female mountain gorillas weigh up to 160 kilograms.

Strength of a silverback gorilla

The strength of a silverback gorilla is best understood by comparison with human strength. The musculature and skeleton of a gorilla is stronger than that of a human. An average silverback gorilla is 6 to 17 times stronger than a strong adult male human.

Mountain gorillas are nomads in their habitats and are led by silverbacks to different areas in the forests.  They can wander around the forest from morning while feeding and playing and then rest at around midday and later on move again to areas where they will start building their nests and spend their night there. They spend their nights in different areas everyday where they make new nests.

To book for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national parks in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and the DRC in Virunga national park, one requires to go through a process of obtaining a gorilla permit. Adventure in the wild safaris is well experienced in making the best booking that fits the kind of experience you wish to encounter during your gorilla trek in any of the destinations.