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GORILLA by Dennis Stewart

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This picture of a lowland Gorilla is one of my favorite shots I have taken this year. I remember watching him for over an hour mesmerized by his presence.

Gorillas are the largest of the living primates. They are ground-dwelling herbivores that inhabit the forests of Africa. Gorillas are divided into two species and (still under debate as of 2008) either four or five subspecies. The DNA of gorillas is 98%–99% identical to that of a human,2 and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the two chimpanzee species.

Gorillas live in tropical or subtropical forests. Although their range covers a small percentage of Africa, gorillas cover a wide range of elevations. The Mountain Gorilla inhabits the Albertine Rift montane cloud forests of the Virunga Volcanoes, ranging in altitude from 2225 to 4267 m (7300-14000 ft). Lowland Gorillas live in dense forests and lowland swamps and marshes as low as sea level.

Both species of gorilla are endangered, and have been subject to intense poaching for a long time. Threats to gorilla survival include habitat destruction and the bush meat trade.

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  • Fremme
    Fremmeabout 6 years ago

    great image, love the intense look on his face, you’ve captured that moment very well and the B&W treatment is very nice, well done

  • Fremme, I always value your feedback..thank you! – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • jenny4
    jenny4about 6 years ago

    I agree, they are completely mesmerizing… this is a fabulous image, well done! :-)

  • Thank you Jennifer – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Macky
    Mackyabout 6 years ago

    A perfect B&W portrait of an amazing ape, I can see why this is one of your favorite shots Dennis, oh and btw welcome to RBubble!! :-)

  • Thanks Macky…….good shooting my friend, – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Laoghaire
    Laoghaireabout 6 years ago

    I think I used to be married to this guy, no wait a minute… this guy is handsome! This is my number one favourite…

  • Thank you sooo much for your kind comment. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Nikki Collier
    Nikki Collierabout 6 years ago

    I love this … He is gorgeous…

  • Thanks Nikki – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful portrait

  • Thanks Antanas

    – Dennis Stewart

  • CarolM
    CarolMabout 6 years ago

    The detail is just great and that look is so serious.and intense. Excellent piece.

  • Thanks CarolIM. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • michaelby3
    michaelby3about 6 years ago

    very beautiful portrait !!! love the choice of b&w

  • Thank you Michael! – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • main1
    main1about 6 years ago

    Gorgeous picture. You really captured him so well : )

  • Thanks Marleia…..your work is equally great. – Dnenis

    – Dennis Stewart

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyabout 6 years ago

    What a beautiful face. This is, indeed, a very special photo.

  • Thanks Tibby….and my apologies for not responding sooner. – Dennis

    – Dennis Stewart

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