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