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Mountain Gorilla by ApeArt

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A lovely mountain gorilla in Rwanda, it was such a wonderful experience to meet him. He is one of 380 left in Rwanda and his name is Ntakibazo.

He is part of the Umubano Group, meaning “neighborliness”. Umubano has 9 individuals: 1 Silverback; 1 Sub adult male; 3 Adult females and 4 Babies.

Led by Charles, the dominant silverback, Umubano was formerly a part of the Amahoro group. As Charles matured into a silverback of the same rank as Ubumwe, he could not stand being given orders and decided to stage a fight and challenge Ubumwe. The fight went on for weeks and then months. Finally, Charles managed to snatch from Ubumwe a few females and formed his own group. Since then, he has commanded respect and recognition from Ubumwe.

Taken with Nikon D50 using 70-300mm lens

Featured on the Homepage on 14 July 2009


  • jdmphotography
    jdmphotographyover 5 years ago

    What a wonderful image of a mountain gorilla just look at them eye’s so cute brilliant capture Jane well done ! ……….

  • jansnow
    jansnowover 5 years ago

    Wow what a fantastic capture Jane!

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotover 5 years ago

    The front foliage gives depth to the shot. The eyes and mouth are so expressive. A choice of him ‘thinking about something and – not sure about it’
    or something has caught his eye. Either way – a fab frame filler as ever.
    I am glad that the foliage didnt not cover up his mouth in any way to spoil that section of the shot. Well thought out, well executed – give me an S – you know the rest !!! :o) BM to follow :o)

  • Rosie Appleton
    Rosie Appletonover 5 years ago

    Love it :-)

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 5 years ago
    excellent expression in his eyes .. love it
  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720over 5 years ago

    So so cute.. Such a Great Capture :))

  • Babcia
    Babciaover 5 years ago

    Great Portrait!

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

    East & Southern Africa Group Challenge, Primates

  • Olitto
    Olittoover 5 years ago

  • cool thanks

    – ApeArt

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotover 5 years ago

    Hi Jane, I thought I recognised this shot. I was looking on Peter Denness’ page a second ago and someone had given a comment with a screen print on his Zebra Photo.
    Next to the zebra on the front page was THIS SHOT. AB FAB – the eyes are full of emotion %-) Kind regards, P

  • Hi Paul. Thaks so much. What front page was this? xx

    – ApeArt

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