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Did you know gorillas are Musical? -Uganda Safari News

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Who knew that gorillas are pretty musical?

Whistling and humming while you go about your daily business might seem like typical human behavior, but according to a new study, gorillas also enjoy “singing” and “humming” when enjoying a tasty meal. Making vocal calls when eating food is a trait commonly seen in birds and mammals, however after doing some deep research, just like other primates, researchers have noticed that gorillas have individual tastes of musical unlike the chimpanzees that are pretty good drummers.

This study was done in the Democratic Republic of Congo where researchers found out that gorillas in the produce certain vocalizations however, only when they are eating certain foods. The researchers call it “singing” or “humming. This activity is normally done by the silverbacks.

Wondering what gorilla humming sounds like? Safari Uganda for a Uganda gorilla trekking safari, trek and watch these majestic primates carry on their daily life that will include eating. This will probably give you chance to enjoy listening to the gorillas’ harm.

Why do gorillas do these sounds?

These calls are usually not loud enough to be a called a dinner bell or food advertisement signal rather researchers say it is a form of collective decision-making in the feeding context that allows group members (gorilla) to coordinate their feeding activities.

Similar to the function of food-calls in chimpanzees, gorillas also call their group mates to let them know it is time to finish eating. Usually, it is the Silverback males that call more frequently since they are often the ones initiating changes in group activity.

As for why males sing and hum more while eating, the researchers also noted that males in general tend to vocalize more frequently because they always point out that females and immatures are generally at a higher risk of predation indicating that they should behave more quietly.

A gorilla tour Uganda begins at 8am with a briefing about the conduct of gorilla trekking in Uganda. After the briefing, you are led into the forest for your adventure under the guidance of rangers. Each visitor is allocated a particular gorilla family to track. Uganda gorilla safaris usually last about 2-8 hours depending on the day and where the gorilla family. After seeing the gorillas, you are restricted to an hour with them however at a distance.

You can add a Uganda wildlife safari or short Uganda wildlife safari to your Uganda gorilla trekking tour itinerary. Other activities you can add to your itinerary include; water rafting, horse riding, boat cruises, a Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari, a Uganda golden monkey trekking safari, a Uganda birding safari and many more depending on your choice. We can also tailor for you an itinerary that comprises of a Rwanda gorilla safari, a Rwanda wildlife safari tour, a Kenya wildlife safari, Tanzania wildlife safari and Congo gorilla safari.

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