The Origin Of The Name Gorilla
Although gorillas have roamed this earth for millions of years, they were not clearly identified until during the 6th century B.C. when the Carthaginian admiral Hanno came across a species outside anything he had ever seen. Perhaps the people living in present day Tunisia had seen the gorillas but they had not come out to proclaim their existence with the rest of the world.
On his voyage with a formidable fleet of sixty (60) ships, admiral Hanno commanded his ships subordinates to sail from Carthage (which is the current location of Tunisia) and continued along the West African coast. They used to make periodic stops at the ports along the coast of West Africa and on one of their stop-overs he and his team encountered a species which they had never seen before. These animals were hairy, looked ferocious and were bigger than any ape they had ever come across. They looked very similar to humans, and perhaps the major difference was their possession of a lot of fur.
When they asked the locals in the area what name they called these species, it was no surprise that the answer was “gorillai” which is believed to be a Greek word meaning hairy black women or “a tribe of hairy women”. When other naturalists like Thomas S. Savage made publications about this species of primates, they chose to carryon the name and this has been pretty fitting even until today. The absence of mountain gorillas in West Africa forces us to believe that admiral Hanno and his men met the lowland gorillas who are a sister subspecies of the mountain gorillas that are found in Eastern Africa.
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Volcanoes National Park, Also known as Parc Nationale des Volcanos in French, the Volcanoes National Park is located in the north west of Rwanda protecting the Rwandan side of the Virunga massif thus bordering with Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Congo’ Virunga National Park.
Nyungwe Forest National Park, Positioned in the south west of Rwanda, the Nyungwe Forest National Park overlooks the Democratic Republic of Congo border to the west and the Republic of Burundi in the south. The Nyungwe is noted to be one of the ancient forests of Africa and is known to have survived the last ice age. The Nyungwe forest is noted to one of the largest mountain forests in East Africa and at the moment is considered to be the most conserved forest in the Central African Highlands.
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