Gorillas and silverbacks, in particular, are stronger than humans. Mountain gorillas are powerful primates, yet they rarely display their might since they are peaceful and tranquil creatures. They are the kind who would prefer spend an afternoon lounging about than being a nuisance and wreaking mayhem. They are capable of bringing damage and injury to people who deserve their fury, such as poachers.
The gorilla families that visitors see in the national parks (Virunga National Park in Congo, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, Bwindi Forest National Park, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) are habituated and are not known to harm visitors unless provoked and feel threatened, such as when tourists use flash photography constantly. Travelers are urged to adhere to the established norms and standards in order to have a good gorilla trekking safari in Africa.
What is the strength of a gorilla?
How powerful are gorillas, and how powerful are silverbacks?
Gorillas are the world’s biggest primates. They are divided into two groups: mountain gorillas and lowland gorillas. Mountain gorillas are bigger and stronger than lowland gorillas. These primates share 98 percent of their DNA with humans, which explains why they have most things in common with humans, such as having both legs and hands, being able to walk on their legs alone, having a large resemblance to human faces, having a high level of intelligence compared to other animals, and having many other behaviors that are similar to human behavior.
Gorillas are not only huge, but also quite powerful. Mountain gorillas reside on highland slopes and are now only found in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Because of their fascinating character, they are among the most appealing species on the planet today. Gorilla strength is unrivaled by any other ape, and they rank among the top ten strongest creatures in the planet.
Gorillas are more powerful than both you and me combined. Silverbacks can lift or throw up to 815 kgs, which is more than 20 adult people combined, although a well-trained man can only lift up to 400 kgs. Any adult gorilla can lift up to 450 kilograms, while having a body weight of up to 200 kilograms.
A mountain gorilla bite will send you fleeing for your life. Gorillas have enormous canines that can deliver bites unrivaled by predators such as lions and crocodiles. A gorilla bite may cover roughly 1,300 pounds per square inch, which is far greater than the 650 pounds per square inch of predatory lions. It is best not to have a gorilla play about you, especially with your ears, as you may lose them.
Because they walk on all fours the majority of the time, their arms are hard and consequently exceedingly strong, with grips that can take down almost any plantation.
While their bodily build provides them with strength, the food they consume, as well as the amount they consume, is as vital. Mountain gorillas may eat up to 34 kg each day! Their food, which consists primarily of flora, fruits, and tiny insects such as ants, contributes to their overall health and physical condition.
Gorillas, like their human counterparts with whom they share 98 percent DNA, have emotions. Mountain gorillas have roughly 25 distinct vocalizations for when they are in danger or excited. When they are assaulted or intimidated, they will yell or shout, exactly like humans. When they find something humorous, gorillas chuckle or even giggle! Chest pounding is a display of force that serves as a reminder to opponents that he is stronger and capable of defeating them.
Knowing how powerful a gorilla is and what it is capable of, it is critical that you do not get on its bad side. If you are attacked by a silverback or any other huge gorilla, bending your head submissively with your eyes downcast and remaining calm is highly suggested. It is also critical to follow the advice of your ranger guide. In addition:
Travelers should always keep a 7-meter space between themselves and the mountain gorillas. Getting so near to them may make them feel intimidated, causing them to become violent and charge at you.
When you come upon the gorilla family, do not surround them. You should keep your gang together and keep an eye out for them on the other side of the jungle. Surrounding them is regarded as an attack on them.
When photographing gorillas, avoid using flash.
Do not look directly into the eyes of mountain gorillas; this is dangerous to them.
Do not use any sign language since they may misinterpret it and charge at you.
Do not approach the gorillas, especially the curious kids who are lively and may come up and play with you. Their moms, as well as the dominant silverback, keep a close watch on young and are quite protective. You could just get a fright from them.
Also, make no noise while in the rainforests or in the presence of gorillas. They may, once again, misinterpret your noises.
Although humans believe lions to be extremely powerful animals, their strength pales in comparison to that of silverback gorillas. A gorilla can lift four times the amount of weight that a lion can. A gorilla’s bite is also twice as strong as that of a lion.
Gorillas are violent animals, but if they are respected and treated peacefully, they may remain calm and pleasant. Even when they have been tamed, they retain their wild character.