What is incredibly fascinating is the way the gorillas may try to interact with visitors. They often approach you and occasionally can be seen reaching out touching one of the guides in apparent greeting as they walk past. It is almost as if they recognise their daily visitors as a troop of fellow mates.
Anthropomorphic as it might sound, almost everybody who visits the Gorillas, experience an almost mystical sense of recognition. The Gorillas attitude to their daily human visitors differs greatly from that of any other wild animal.
Silverback Gorillas can weigh about three times as much as the average man and their bulk is exaggerated by a shaggily luxuriant coat but they are essentially a peaceful animal and they are preoccupied for most of the day by eating their way through as much bamboo and other plants as possible!
Watching the fluffy black hairy babies is incredibly amusing as they try to interact with everyone in the group, be brave in front of their close cousins and show how ‘tough’ they are. But all the time their mothers are watching close by. When the babies do get ‘out of hand’ the mothers are quick to pull them into order with a firm hand.