How To Provoke Or Annoy A Gorilla
How to provoke or annoy a gorilla? Though are large and strong apes, gorillas are gentle primates that rarely attack unless they are provoked. A gorilla eventually first shows signs of aggressiveness and power before it attacks and if the opponent doesn’t back off that’s when it will attack.
Gorillas are wild animals and there are several ways a gorilla can get angry both intentionally and some of these remarkable ways can be seen below
A female mountain gorilla can be angry if you try to do anything with their baby, a female gorilla is always protective of their babies in that if the baby is forcefully taken away from them, they will fight even if it cost their life.
A silverback gorilla will get angry when any other gorilla, predators, or humans try to temper with its family. Silverback gorillas always play the role of taking care of their families and will do just about anything to protect them.
Gorillas can also get angry when you look at them directly with eye contact, for unknown reasons they will think your challenging them and will start showing signs of charging. Even screaming in the direction of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat makes them get angry.
A silverback gorilla can also become angry when another blackback or male gorilla in the group mates with the group females, this is so because it’s only the silverback supposed to mate with all the females in the group. This normally causes a fight between the two gorillas that can lead to one being chased out of the family.
Though mountain gorillas are shy and gentle apes, this should not be taken for granted therefore you should always try to follow the gorilla trekking rules and regulations to avoid making mountain gorillas angry which can lead to a charge that can cause severe wounds and at times death.
Gorillas show their signs of anger by throwing vegetation, making loud hoots, thumping the ground, beating their chests loud, moving on two legs, and many others. Once you see such kind of behavior then just know that a gorilla is angry and you must try to imitate some actions that will make the gorilla calm down instead of charging at you.
Best time to go for gorilla Safari.
Mountain gorilla habituation and trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be done throughout the year with consistent temperatures ranging from 20 – 25 degrees Celsius. The best time for gorilla safari is the dry season which happens from June to September and from December to February. During this season the jungle is less muddy and slippery for trekking.
The rainy season takes place in the month of March to May and from October to November. In this period you can still go for gorilla tours but you must be aware of muddy terrains that are hard to navigate. The wet season is best for photography because after the rain shower, the atmosphere is clear without any dust and mist creating the best atmosphere to capture mountain gorillas.
What to carry for gorilla trekking Tour?
Before going gorilla trekking, you must be physically fit because they live higher on the mountains where you will need to hike. You need to book a gorilla permit in advance before coming to the country. You need to bring along sunglasses, a hat, waterproof hiking boots, a waterproof backpack, garden gloves, insect repellents, and on the day of trekking you must carry along enough drinking water and energy-giving snacks.