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A baby western lowland gorilla sleeps soundly on his mother’s back

Taken with Nikon D90 and 80-400mm lens

Western lowland gorillas are endangered, but they remain far more common than their relatives, the mountain gorillas. They live in heavy rain forests, and it is difficult for scientists to accurately estimate how many survive in Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Western lowland gorillas tend to be a bit smaller than their mountain cousins. They also have shorter hair and longer arms.

Gorillas can climb trees, but are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals. These troops are organized according to fascinating social structures. Troops are led by one dominant, older adult male, often called a silverback because of the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur. Troops also include several other young males, some females, and their offspring.

The leader organizes troop activities like eating, nesting in leaves, and moving about the group’s three-quarter- to 16-square-mile (2- to 40-square-kilometer) home range.

Those who challenge this alpha male are apt to be cowed by impressive shows of physical power. He may stand upright, throw things, make aggressive charges, and pound his huge chest while barking out powerful hoots or unleashing a frightening roar. Despite these displays and the animals’ obvious physical power, gorillas are generally calm and nonaggressive unless they are disturbed.

In the thick forests of central and west Africa, troops find plentiful food for their vegetarian diet. They eat roots, shoots, fruit, wild celery, and tree bark and pulp.

Female gorillas give birth to one infant after a pregnancy of nearly nine months. Unlike their powerful parents, newborns are tiny—weighing four pounds (two kilograms)—and able only to cling to their mothers’ fur. These infants ride on their mothers’ backs from the age of four months through the first two or three years of their lives.

Young gorillas, from three to six years old, remind human observers of children. Much of their day is spent in play, climbing trees, chasing one another, and swinging from branches.

In captivity, gorillas have displayed significant intelligence and have even learned simple human sign language.

In the wild, these primates are under siege. Forest loss is a twofold threat; it destroys gorilla habitat and brings hungry people who hunt gorillas for bushmeat. Farming, grazing, and expanding human settlements are also shrinking the lowland gorilla’s space.


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  • Moniquitacute
    Moniquitacuteabout 5 years ago

    Awwwwwwww! How perfect and adorable!!!

  • :D Thank you!

    – ApeArt

  • gottheshot
    gottheshotabout 5 years ago

    I love the way you have managed to capture BOTH closed eyes and even the super small bottom lip to show a very serene and relaxed expression in the face. Even in sleep these little guys seem to have a natural instinct of clinging on.
    I love the way the light has caught his knuckles of his grab. B&W is all about shapes and contrasts. The shapes are the details of his face and the detail caught on the top side of his hand. The contrasts are the bright coloured fur of mum to the super dark and so well lit baby to keep detail in his dark fur.
    F A B :o)

  • :D Thank you darling Paul. I really do appreciate you taking the time to look and comment xx

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

    aww so sweet, a lovely shot,dawnx

  • Thank you :) xx

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  • Jellybean720
    Jellybean720about 5 years ago

    Isnt that so sweet.. Great Capture :))

  • Thank you :)

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  • Sue Martin
    Sue Martinabout 5 years ago

    This made me smile Jane and then after reading the text made me sad and angry! When we see the so obvious resemblense between them and humans it should be declared cannibalism to eat them let alone murder them. Ok.. off my high horse now…lol great work Jane xx

  • Thank you Sue xx :)

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  • mandreasen
    mandreasenabout 5 years ago

    what a capture! the emotion in this is amazing. dont you feel like picking them up and hold him close to your heart? a fave…

  • Thank you. Yes I do :)

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  • Macky
    Mackyabout 5 years ago

    Another ApeArt winner, it’s exceptional Princess!!

  • thank you my darling x

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  • Tambala
    Tambalaabout 5 years ago

    A really beautiful and tender image – and very moving information too

  • thank you Tina

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  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 5 years ago

    what a sweetheart, loooks like a newborn, beautiful capture, glorious experience. hugsxxx

  • thank you Hilary xx

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  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredabout 5 years ago

    This is adorable the b/w gives it such a surral feel to it, fantastic information also , thanks for sharing this..gina

  • My pleasure :))

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