Gorilla nests making is referred to as the way mountain gorillas make their new beds every evening. They can either take a nap during the day or sleep during the night. Mountain gorillas tend to be busy all day and can be busy from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm.
They tend to have a daily routine as they get out of their nests and start foraging before resting in the mid-morning and afternoon. As they go about their daily lives, most of the activities they involve in include looking for food, resting as well as traveling from one part of the forest to the other. Part of their day is also spent grooming and playing with the young ones.
Mountain gorillas have unique behaviors, especially in their sleeping patterns. They make a new nest every evening to sleep in as they are considered nomadic hence moving from one place to another. At the end of the day, mountain gorillas make a new nest for spending the night. Mountain gorillas make nests to sleep both day and night.
Infant mountain gorillas sleep with their mothers in the same nest until they are three years of age. These nests are made out of simple branches and leaves of about 2-5ft and are constructed by individuals. Mountain gorillas make nests on the ground, unlike chimpanzees which make their nests in the trees. Tourists should be observant on one of their gorilla tracking expeditions either in Rwanda or Uganda how the mountain gorillas do the nesting and also the habituation experience.
Building the mountain gorilla nests takes about only five minutes and the mountain gorillas are also considered creative apes hence making the building easier. Mountain gorillas construct new nests every evening even if the nest of the previous evening is available, it will be difficult for the mountain gorilla to repeat sleeping in it.
This process is quite tricky as it involves pulling branches and bringing them together in one place as well as putting other plants and grasses in the center. All these materials are added to accommodate the mountain gorilla’s weight on the nest. However, young mountain gorillas and females can spend a night above on the branches because of their lightweight unlike the silver backs because they are heavy. This and more can be observed during mountain gorilla trekking in Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda.