Baby Mountain Gorilla, riding on its Mother’s back. This baby is only 6 weeks old and it is very unusual for mums to let people see such young babies – it was a real priviledge.
They are members of the Kwitonda Group, 22 individuals strong, made up of leading Silverback, 2 younger Silverbacks, females, adolescents and babies.
Canon 500D, zoom lens.
The Silver Back leads the family through the jungle & has mating rights with all the females. Kinigi, Volcanoes National Park, also known as Virunga National Park, Rwanda, East Africa. Visitors are allowed one hour with the Gorillas under very strict supervision. As the animals move through the jungle the guides, rangers and visitors follow.
Mountain Gorillas, Gorilla gorilla beringei, are highly endangered with around 700 left in the wild, spread between Rwanda, Congo and Uganda.
(Featured in Absolute Clarity, & Other Groups.)