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 D90 and 70-300mm lens


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  • Jeff  Burns
    Jeff Burnsover 6 years ago

    Beautifully done this is awesome

  • ApeArt
    ApeArtover 6 years ago

    Bless you Jeff!

  • TrEaSuReDiMaGeS
    TrEaSuReDiMaGeSover 6 years ago

    OHHHHHH Wow Jane, just look at those eyes!!! Do you remember what he was looking at? Would LOVE to know :-) Beautiful Beautiful Animal…………. Thank you for sharing your work, The mountain gorillas are so endangered and with your wonderful photos, you can share with others of their plight to survive!!! It’s so IMPORTANT!!!!

  • Coralie Plozza
    Coralie Plozzaover 6 years ago

    great portrait..what a cutie

  • George Woodcock
    George Woodcockover 6 years ago


  • ApeArt
    ApeArtover 6 years ago

    thanks so much

  • christhepostman
    christhepostmanover 6 years ago

    great image,

  • Gene Praag
    Gene Praagover 6 years ago


  • ApeArt
    ApeArtover 6 years ago

    Thanks PJ!

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 6 years ago

    Wonderful pose and details. Excellent use of available light. Consider just a little cloning of the leaf that obscure his mouth.

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