Mountain Gorillas – Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris Tour Experience
Anticipation builds as you battle through the aptly named Impenetrable Forest, scaling steep paths and trudging through muddy ravines in search of these majestic creatures.
Then, as if out of nowhere, the ranger reveals a family of gorillas chewing bamboo shoots, scratching their heads, and climbing trees.
Time seems to stand still as you observe these gentle giants relaxing in their natural habitat – a mystical experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.
Gorilla Behavioral Traits – Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris Experience
The question of whether any species except humans exhibits culture has generated much debate, partially due to the difficulty of providing conclusive evidence from observational studies in the wild.
A starting point for demonstrating the existence of a culture that has been used for many species including chimpanzees and orangutans is to show that there is geographic variation in the occurrence of particular behavioral traits inferred to be a result of social learning and not ecological or genetic influences.
Gorillas live in a wide variety of habitats across Africa and they exhibit flexibility in diet, behavior, and social structure.
There was a strong positive correlation between behavioral dissimilarity and geographic distance among gorilla study sites.
Roughly half of all variation in potential cultural traits was intraspecific differences (i.e., variability among sites within a species) and the other 50% of potential cultural traits were differences between western and eastern gorillas.
Further research is needed to investigate if the occurrence of these traits is influenced by social learning.
These findings emphasize the importance of investigating cultural traits in African apes and other species to shed light on the origin of human culture.