Can You Tame A Gorilla?
Can you tame A gorilla? Gorillas are endangered species of primates living in the thick forests of central and west Africa, they are divided into two groups of eastern gorillas and western gorillas, these two gorilla species are further subdivided into 4 species of mountain gorillas, eastern low land gorillas, western low land gorillas and cross river gorillas.
There are about 1008 mountain gorillas left in the whole world, they are also close relatives to human beings sharing 98% DNA making the close relatives. They live in social groups of 5-30 individuals dominated by a silverback that instructs all the group activities and also protects the family.
Gorillas have a low birth rate with females having only 1-2 fertile days in a whole month, once a female mountain gorilla gets pregnant the gestation period is 8.5 months and they give birth to only 4-6 off springs in their lifetime.
Gorillas have also been observed using tools such as leaves to collect water, use of sticks to cross streams and to know how deep the muddy pool or a river and they also use sticks to collect termites and insects in walls. Gorillas have also been seen using facial expressions showing grief, compassion, and happiness.
Can you tame a gorilla?
Taming a gorilla might be technologically possible but practically impossible, gorillas most especially mountain gorillas are critically endangered, and taming a gorilla for domestic use or other purpose is not allowed, mountain gorillas were almost extinct due to poaching as people use to poach gorillas in order to sell infant gorillas abroad for the pet trade.
Though taming a mountain gorilla might be possible, Gorillas might be calm and gentle animals but will become very aggressive when provoked so the process of taming might not be as easy as you think and the governing bodies protecting mountain gorillas in national parks will also not give you permission to tame gorillas.
It should also be noted that however much tame a wild animal, you must be very cautious because they can change within a blink of an eye and exhibit their wilderness characteristics. However, it might be easy to tame a baby mountain gorilla by feeding it but take not the mother is always protecting their baby and this might cause a female mountain gorilla to charge on you.
In conclusion, it’s hard to tame a wild gorilla, and before you can even think of it consider the dangers or harm a mountain gorilla can cause when it’s aggressive.
Mountain Gorilla trekking in Africa
Gorillas have been habituated in order to get them used to human presence in the wilderness, some species of mountain gorillas can neither survive for long in the zoos so the only way to meet them eye to eye is by traveling to Africa to trek gorillas. You can visit mountain gorillas in Virunga national park DR Congo, volcanoes national park Rwanda and Mgahinga gorilla national park or Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in Uganda. A gorilla trekking permit will allow you to spend a maximum of 1 hour with gorillas while a gorilla habituation permit will allow you to spend a maximum of 4 hours.