BABY GORILLAS! Need we say more? Ok - Despite the high infant mortality rate (30%), the wild mountain gorilla population is actually growing, thanks to the efforts to control poaching and protect their natural habitat. Explore.org grants work that protects gorilla environment and raises awareness. Check out more about Explore.org’s focus with gorillas.
Did you know? ”A female gorilla is ready to have babies of her own when she is about eight years old. But first, she must leave the safety of her own troop and find another troop or a lone silverback to live with. A newborn grows quickly. At five to six months old it learns to walk, and by 18 months of age it can follow mom on foot for short distances. Still, the safest place for the younster is its mother’s back as she travels thru the dense vegetation of their forest home. Young gorillas learn by imitating what the others in the troop are doing, and by play fighting with other youngsters.” Not unlike their human cousins. Read more on gorillas at the San Diego Zoo.