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This is Emma. She is a lovely beautiful gorilla. I met her whilst working at the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon. They care for rescued primates from the pet and bush meat trade.

Emma was very friendly and very fascinated with me. I was so close it was difficult to get all of her in shot, hence the missing mouth. Isn’t she amazing?

She stared intently into my eyes, never taking her gaze off me. At one point she produced a stick and slowly pushed it under the wire and cautiously poked my sandal with it, just out of curiosity, in a very gentle manner. I didn’t feel threatened at all.

Every time I moved along the fence and tried to take a picture of another gorilla, she sat in front of them, so I couldn’t very easily.

I knew she was comfortable in my presence when she slowly lifted a leg and proceeded to let out a long, loud fart, which was very smelly.

Eventually she slid her hand under the wire and I took it. A wonderful moment which I was very blessed to experience

Taken with Nikon D50 using 18-55mm lens



gorilla, gorillas, cameroon, pggorilla


  • Cheri  McEachin
    Cheri McEachinover 5 years ago

    lol he is giving the look! Hi Emma!!!

  • ApeArt
    ApeArtover 5 years ago

    lol thanks Cheri :)

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonover 5 years ago

    Beautiful clear eyes :-)

  • Thanks Rosie :)

    – ApeArt

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    fabulous angled shot,dawnx

  • Thanks Dawn xx

    – ApeArt

  • nannajul
    nannajulover 5 years ago

    Gorgeous Jane. Emma is a freindly soul, and so beautiful. I really like this shot – that peeping effect from the close up is adorable.

  • Thanks Jul. I loved being with Emma, she was very gentle and curious, it was beautiful :)

    – ApeArt

  • Ginny Schmidt
    Ginny Schmidtover 5 years ago

    Apparently farting between friends is highly acceptable. You must have felt so honored. I love the out of focus fellow just over her shoulder, as well as, of course, the whole composition of the shot, with the greenery and all that. Emma’s closeness makes it look so 3D. When she touched your sandal with a stick, were you allowed to or prohibited from reaching out yourself to touch her? Did you talk to her? I wonder what they make of our vocalization efforts. Frankly, if it had been me, I don’t know how I would have torn myself away.

  • Lol Ginny I only fart with those whom I feel most comfortable with :) I didn’t touch her, but later on she slid a hand under the wire so I touched her hand. Please see my pic Gorilla Touch. It was wonderful, she was so very gentle, so very lovely :) I did talk to her, with my voice, and also a little grunting too

    – ApeArt

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago

    aww shes beautiful !

  • Yes she is Lu x

    – ApeArt

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 5 years ago

    Wonderful intense look!!!
    Gives me shivers just to watch it … stunning!!

  • Thanks so much :)

    – ApeArt

  • Sheila Smith
    Sheila Smithover 5 years ago

    Oh Jane how wonderful ( almost typed winderful then maybe under circs I should have left it.)
    Wonderful expression, wonderful photo and wonderful story.

  • Lol Sheila you make me laugh, thanks so much, so glad to share :)

    – ApeArt

  • brirose55
    brirose55over 5 years ago


  • Thanks!

    – ApeArt

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