Posts Tagged ‘ugandaandrwanda2010’

Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Baby mountain gorillas like this one are critical to saving and understanding more about this endangered species.

Sometimes, saying “I’ll never be the same again” is a good thing. Gorilla trekking  can be altogether life-changing. Little compares to the mystical combination of the rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda, up-close views of these endangered animals, and a unique understanding of the 740 mountain gorillas still make their homes in the primeval forests of central Africa. We’re sure you’ll never be the same after this remarkable experience.

Meet the Zoo’s Gorillas

Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Kibibi means "little lady" in Swahili. Photo - National Zoological Park.

Kibibi means “little lady” in Swahili. Photo – National Zoological Park.

At the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, our family of Western Lowland Gorillas is growing. Its newest member, Kibibi, born at the zoo on January, 10, 2009, can be found climbing and playing near her mother, 28-year-old Mandara.

Kibibi, who is getting bigger on grapes, bananas, and sweet potatoes, is known for her inquisitive nature. She spends her time hanging out with her acrobatic brother Kojo, but always seems to have her mom in sight.Gorillas are fascinating creatures. Whether you’re watching them at the Zoo, or doing some gorilla trekking on our upcoming adventure in Uganda and Rwanda, there are some simple rules for making the most of your experience.

 

A mountain gorilla finds a meal in the Ugandan jungle.

First, try not to stare, as a gorilla may see this as aggression and assume you want to fight. Instead, do what the gorillas do – check them out from under lowered brows and glance away quickly as your eyes meet. To avoid intimidating a gorilla, crouch down and make yourself smaller. Try to treat gorillas as you would a small child – avoid sudden movements and loud noises.

For more information on gorillas, see the Zoo’s primate page, or check out our interview with our Mammal Curator, Kris Helgen.

Ready for an adventure? Click for more information on our Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Safari. Limited space is still available.

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Photo: Gorilla Trekking in Central Africa

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Sometimes, saying “I’ll never be the same again” is a good thing. Gorilla trekking  is a life-changing experience. Little compares to the magic combination of the rainforests of Uganda and Rwanda, up-close views of these endangered animals, and a unique understanding of the 740 mountain gorillas still make their homes in the primeval forests of central Africa. We’re sure you’ll never be the same after this.

What could be more magical than a baby mountain gorilla?