Baby or infant mountain gorillas are 0 – 3 years old. Weaning occurs around 3 years of age. An adult female gorilla is able to have a baby from the age of 7. She is pregnant for 9 months-just like people.
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Video. A Mama and Her Baby
A newborn gorilla weighs about 1.8 kg (4 lb), and spends it first few month in constant physical contact with its mother. A baby’s favorite mode of transportation is on its mother’s back.
Our student’s pictures of a mama and her baby.
A baby mountain gorilla clinging closely to its mama in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
Art of Conservation joins Animal World USA-International in its 2nd Africa Weeks for the Animals beginning 1 August 2011! Throughout this week, we will be featuring an inside look at our conservation and health lessons taught in Rwanda by the AoC team which focus on the protection of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Mountain gorilla habitat consists of two small areas in Africa- The Virunga Massif and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. With only 786 mountain gorillas left in the world, I hope you will agree that intense effort must continue to be made for this species survival. AoC’s role in gorilla protection involves working with rural communities which surround gorilla habitat. Please click here for more on AWUSA-International Weeks campaign.