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Habituation Experience of the Eastern Gorillas in Africa

18 May
Eastern Lowland gorillas

Habituation Experience of the Eastern Gorillas in Africa

Habituation Experience of the Eastern Gorillas-Gorilla Trek Africa

According to Gorilla Research Institutes that have proven Scientifically, there are four subspecies of gorillas: Gorilla beringei beringei, Gorilla beringei guerilla, Gorilla gorilla gorilla and Gorilla gorilla diehli. These four subspecies are further divided between two species, in two geographic regions: eastern gorillas and western gorillas. The eastern gorillas comprise two subspecies: (1) the eastern lowland gorillas or Gorilla beringei guerilla, also known as Grauer’s gorilla and (2) Gorilla beringei beringei or mountain gorillas.

So in this Article am talking about the eastern lowland gorilla Habituation experience depending on the two personalities that did two the gorilla habituation that is Mountain gorillas in Volcanoes national park & Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National park.

Since the 1960s, two people have gained much prominence in the approach of the two subspecies of gorillas in the heart of Africa in the neighbouring countries of Rwanda and the Democratic republic of congo.  These two individuals are very different personalities with origins in two continents and countries. They investigated two subspecies of gorillas in neighbouring countries in the heart of Africa, Rwanda and the DRC.

Two gorilla world’s pioneers in different positions in front of gorillas. Adrien Deschryver in habituation (eastern lowland gorillas) in Kahuzi-Biega National Park (1960s); Dian Fossey in habituation (mountain gorillas) in Volcanoes National Park (1960s)

Dian Fossey visited the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and approached a gorilla group she called “Group 4” with a male she later named Digit. She was also accompanied by native trackers who knew the park well. One of the trackers was called Sembagare.

Deschryver approached the gorillas in the KBNP in mid-1960s for tourism. He was accompanied on a daily basis by two trackers of the Pygmy tribe, Pili Pili Purusi and Mishebere Patrice. Pygmies are natives of the forest, who lived there before the Zairian government made the Kahuzi-Biega area a National Park.

Pygmies do not need a compass or a GPS to make their way through the forest.

Wild gorillas are ‘hot’ during the first contacts with a human being. Both courageous people showed strength in using signs which finally made the gorillas accept the presence of people around them in these natural habitats and this the starting point of Gorilla Trekking in Africa which is the most loved Safari activity in Congo.

Different methods of Habituation

  1. Adrien Deschryver did conservation in the Kahuzi-Biega National Park  Democratic Republic of the Congo south of lake kivu well as Dian Fossey did habituation in the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda.
  2. Adrien  always stood up in front of the silverback Eastern Lowland Gorilla well as Dian always knelt down in front of Mountain Silverback gorilla.
  3. Adrien always looked in the eyes of Silverback eastern lowland gorilla well as Dian always looked aside to avoid the face to face contact  with the Mountain Gorilla Silverback.
  4. Adrien  spoke a few words to silverback , “Come, come name of the Gorilla” well as Dian did not speak any word to the mountain gorillas.

Even to date visitors going for the gorilla trekking in Congo are always briefed about the habituation type used by the Two depending on the gorilla species they are visiting, check on the gorilla trekking rules .

However there are some similarities between the Habituation of the Eastern Lowland Gorillas and the mountain Gorillas in Africa.

  1. Both of them  always beat his chest like a gorilla in front of the silverback gorillas.
  2. Both of them always ate some leaves like a gorilla in front of Silverback gorillas.

Planning a Combined Congo Gorilla Trek  will enable you to visit the two Gorilla Species that is the Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park and Eastern Lowland Gorillas in Kahuzi Biega National Park once booked through a Trusted Tour Operator.

Do not forget  : although totally wild, the animals you observe in their natural environment have sometimes seen more tourists than you saw gorillas: stay relaxed, avoid sudden movements, and speak softly quietly, and most importantly, stay humble …

Recommended equipment:

  • sturdy boots or walking shoes (Wellington Boots for example, can purchase in Bukavu)
  • Pants and long-sleeved shirt
  • Raincoat and hat / cap
  • Camera: the flash use is strictly prohibited, be sure to set your device before you approach the group
  • At least 1 liter of water + a snack

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