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Silverback Mountain Gorilla

Gorilla beringei beringei


Adult males are called silverbacks because a saddle of gray or silver-colored hair develops on their backs with age. The hair on their backs is shorter than on most other body parts, and their arm hair is especially long. Fully erect, males reach 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) in height, with an arm span of 2.3 m (7 ft 7 in) and weigh 220 kg (490 lb).


rainforested mountains


This silverback is just one of a family of 20 mountain gorillas I saw while trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Indeed they are Yaniv and Sarit Wainer, thanks! Thank you Stefanie also.

Amazing! Great photos! This is truly one of the most interesting animals in the world! Thanks!

Stefanie da Cunha
Stefanie da Cunha 9 years ago

I like the fourth photo- it shows all the majestic, powerful and expressive gestures they are able to show... but yeah, even the first shot is really amazing- profound and beautiful.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Wow, glad you liked it so much Dangermouse! Thanks!

Dangermouse 12 years ago

That first shot is absolutely amazing. I had to stare at it for a moment or two to figure out what I was looking at, but then...seriously wow. I can't even begin to explain how much I love it. Thanks for sharing this with us, Dan.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Your welcome Ashish and thanks Thurd13.

Thurd13 12 years ago

amazing series

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 12 years ago

Dan... thanks for sharing this Super series of biggest Primate..!!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

I added some more photos to this spotting.

Dan Doucette
Spotted by
Dan Doucette

South Western, Uganda

Spotted on Feb 12, 2009
Submitted on Apr 12, 2011

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