Lowland Gorilla Trekking-Congo Gorilla Safaris

Kahuzi-Biege National Park is a reserved safe guarded area located west of Bukavu town in the eastern part of Democratic Republic of the Congo along the western bank of Lake Kivu and Rwandan border also a UNESCO world heritage site. It was founded in 1970 by a photographer and conservationist from Belgium called Adrien Deschryver and obtained its name from two dormant volcanoes i.e Mount Kauzi and Mount Biega that are found around the park. The park occupies an area of 6,000 square kilometres (2,300 sq mi) hence among the vast National parks in the country with both a mountainous and lowland terrain that inhabits the rare species of Eastern lowland Gorilla also known as the  (Gorilla beringei graueri). A minor area of the park is found in the Mitumba Mountain range of the Albertine Rift situated in the Great rift valley where as the large part is found in the lowland terrain. The park also receives average amounts of rainfall approximately 1,800 mm (71 in) with high temperatures of 18 °C (64 °F) and the minimum is 10.4 °C (50.7 °F).

The eastern lowland gorillas (Gorilla beringei graueri)  have blackish hair/fur. The fur is always very thick due to their habitat which is very cold and mountainous hence forth making them the biggest of all. There are adult males called silver backs with unique silver hair on their backs always leading the rest followed by adult females then black backs-both females and males that leave the group when grown, young Gorillas that are later on followed by infants/ juveniles. Gorillas are herbivores for they usually eat vegetables, leaves, shoots, roots, vines and fruits. These live in groups of 6-12 and the silver back makes prior decisions on what should be done for example when it comes to eating, where to move and rest at night because it is his responsibility to ensure that the group is safe and well protected from any harm. These are very timid animals though lively when it is day and when night falls every gorilla builds a nest of leaves/plants fibre in which they sleep and mothers share nests with the infants.

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