The Social Behavior of Mountain Gorillas

When it comes to social behavior of some animals, a lot can be written and many articles can be published however when it comes to gorillas the reverse is true. As less and very little is known about the social behavior, feeding ecology, life history and demography of Eastern lowland gorillas, compared with the extensive data gathered on the mountain gorilla.

As far as group structure is concerned, gorillas form harems. It was once thought that gorilla groups contained only one adult male, but around one third of groups in East Africa have been found to host two full-grown males or even more.  However the other adult males in the group also have ranks that fellow from the rank of the sliver back which is the dominant one. Adult females in any one silverback’s harem are unrelated, and the social ties that exist between them are weak.

In contrast to many other primates, it is the bond between each individual female and the silver-back, rather than bonds between the females that hold the group together. Upon reaching maturity, most males and females leave the group in which they were born to ovoid mating with the silver-back that would have fathered it. The females usually join another group or a lone young adult male, whereas the males remain solitary until they can attract females and establish their own groups.

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