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The Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda … Sept. 1/17 – Before takeoff

Hello all you animal lovers and people who just appreciate a great adventure and learning new things!  Sue and I are about to begin our long awaited …  “Going On a Gorilla Hunt” adventure, tomorrow Saturday September 2, 2017.  We fly 8 hours non stop from Toronto to Amsterdam.  There, we have a 3 hour wait and then we continue on to the city of Arusha in Tanzania East Africa.  We spend about 12 days in Tanzania, experiencing the Great Migration with the Big 5: lion, elephant, Cape Buffalo, rhino, and the leopard.  Our next stop is the city of Kigali, Rwanda.  We need to travel to northern Rwanda to Volcanoes National Park to visit with the Mountain Gorilla families, at various locations on the mountain side.  We leave to come back to Canada on September 16, 2017 as we travel through Uganda and then back to Toronto via Amsterdam.

KLM airline

Apes!

bonobo

Bonobo

chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

gibbon

Gibbon

orangutang

Orangutan

Apes are mammals.  They have hair on their warm blooded bodies just like us.  The mommy apes produce milk for their babies too.  Apes are primates because they also have opposable thumbs like us.  Apes are the smartest primates, and some scientists even think that they are smarter than humans.  Chimpanzees, Bonobos, Orangutans, Gibbons, and Gorillas are all apes.

Gorillas – Mountain Gorillas

Gorilla

Gorillas are the largest and fiercest looking apes, but they are generally very gentle.  The male gorilla only beats his chest to warn other gorillas to stay away from his family or troop.  Gorillas are plant eaters or herbivores.  The adult mountain gorilla or Silverback, may eat up to 45 pounds (20 kg) of plants every day – that’s like eating 30 heads of lettuce per day.  The female weighs in at around 200 lbs., while the male weighs approximately 350 lbs.

The Mountain Gorillas are found in Eastern and Central Africa.  We are traveling to Rwanda, which is a country in Eastern Africa to witness our primate family friends.  There are 3 different kinds of gorillas … the smaller western lowland gorillas, the eastern lowland gorilla, and the famous Mountain Gorilla.

Journal Entry

We will be making a journal entry using text, images, and videos about our African adventure every day, if the internet in Africa cooperates with us.

Stay tuned!