About 5% of western lowland gorillas are killed each year. People are trying to get reserved areas for the gorillas so they will not be hunted or killed. Protected areas are the Congo Basin and are promoting development of logging and mining industries that are well mamaged both ecologically and socially. Unlike other primates the Western Lowland Gorilla are terrestrial meaning they do nto climb trees and are land dwelling, inhabiting the tropical rainforests of Central Africa. Historically the gorilla page 2 has been portrayed as a vicious killer.
The first recorded gorilla sighting (by western civilization) was in the 5th century B.C. by a Roman Explorer. Now every day nearly hundreds of gorillas disappear because of an unnatural death. This death is nothing mysterious, but is caused by poachers that trap these gorillas and kill them simply for their hands and sometimes even their heads. Besides that even construction and agriculture take the homes away from gorillas that were especially set aside.
The members of the Order Primates, Family Hominidae are considered an endangered species. The Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei) populations have been diminished to areas of the Virunga Mountains of Central Africa that are found in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda. Description and Identification Mountain Gorillas are one of the largest existing primates, second only two its cousin, the Eastern Lowland Gorilla. Males on average grow to weigh 430 pounds and 59 inches tall. Females on the other hand are much smaller compared to males and grow up on average to weigh 220 pounds and 51 inches tall.
Most species of wild primates live in rainforests on various continents. Hiding in the tops of trees is very common for many primates but several species live on the ground instead. Protecting Primates from Extinction The loss of natural habitat, disease and capture has reduced the number of many primate species. Hunters have captured large numbers of chimpanzees, gorillas and orangutans for circuses and zoos. Many hunters kill primates to use the fur, body parts or meat.
Furthermore, males’ height is more than 5.5 feet when standing and more than 3 feet when knuckle walking. Some male mountain gorillas have silver fur on their back so they are called dominant Silverback. Silverback gorillas are usually the biggest and strongest mature males in the group so they guide the whole group while searching for food. There are a lot of problems that mountain gorillas face in their habitat. First of all, habitat loss, where forests are replaced with farming lands so gorillas are forced to go up higher on the mountains to protect themselves from poachers (illegal hunters) and to guard their offspring.
It has long hair, jaws and teeth, and shorter arms, than the eastern lowland gorilla. Adult male gorillas grow silver hair on their back and hips, giving them the name silverback. These animals are diminishing in numbers because of illegal hunting and encroachment by humans. The mountain gorilla is considered to be critically endangered. There are roughly 700 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and nearly half live in the forests of the Virunga Mountains in central Africa.
Nearly 2/3 of all male lion pairs and almost half of all trios contain unrelated partners. Coalitions may contain as many as nine males, and within the coalition, it is every male for himself. For the male lions that have the larger coalition, they a... ... middle of paper ... ...way with staying that long, but sometimes they are forced out as early as 13-20 months. Females remain with their natal pride most of the time, although some will disperse and form new prides. While male lions are physically capable of reproducing at 30 months and females at 24 months, they do not generally successfully reproduce until pride membership has been firmly established.
The mountain gorilla was first discovered roaming the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda (von Beringe, 2002, p.9). German Captain Robert von Beringe and his African soldiers stumbled upon two mountain gorillas around the volcanic region on October 17, 1902 (von Beringe, 2002, p.9). Von Beringe captured and killed one of them and sent the body to the Zoological Museum in Berlin, Germany. Professor Paul Matschie, who worked with the museum, identified the gorilla as a new class and named it after its founder: Gorilla beringei beringei (von Beringe, 2002, p.10). Twenty-three years later, American naturalist Carl Akeley persuaded King Albert of Belgium to turn a Belgian trust territory, near Rwanda, into a national park for the conservation of mountain gorillas.
He told Fossey to pick a man that would guide her through the mountains to the Gorilla’s home. Out of the whole group there was only one man who spoke English. His name was Sambeggar... ... middle of paper ... ... people of the Baqua tribe. Ever since I was a young kid I always dreamed of having my own pet gorilla or chimpanzee. That dream faded as I grew older.