HabitatAre mountain Gorillas something special?

Are mountain Gorillas something special?

  • Mountain gorilla baby in the mother's arm (© Jörg Hess)

The mountain gorillas of the Virunga Volcanoes have been observed continuously since 1967, therefore much more is known about their behaviour than about the gorillas in other areas. Many individuals were named and their life history is known. But mountain gorillas are also unique in terms of the habitat they live in and in the way they live: No other gorillas move up to such altitudes and live in such cool climates. For this reason, they have very long, silky hair, mainly on their arms. Of all the gorillas, they are the ones best adapted to a life on the ground. Therefore their feet strongly resemble those of humans.