Big Daddy!! by naturelover

This enormous Silver Back Gorilla was alone on an island at the Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire, he is 75 years of age and lost his ’partner 3 years ago!
In 1966, Longleat caused a revolution in the world of zoological collections by becoming the first location outside Africa to open a drive-through Safari Park.

Despite the understandable initial concerns of locals with regard to the introduction of lions to Wiltshire, the Safari Park concept has been a great success and Longleat’s ground-breaking innovation has been repeated at wildlife collections all over the world

Some 40 years later this unique way of showing animals in their natural surroundings still delights and amazes hundreds of thousands of visitors to Longleat each year.

Taken with an Olympus E-520 DSLR
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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    WOW Fantastic capture Pauline. He looks so strong and yet soooo sad too.

  • They can’t put another on the Island- he would not accept them- and he gets loads of attention from the people on the safari boat- glad you like it Don- thankyou ! x

    – naturelover

  • Jacky Parker
    Jacky Parkerover 4 years ago

    I remember when he lost his partner on the island, so sad, lovely to see he is still enjoying life on the island though, great capture Pauline :)

  • Hi Jacky- it sounds so sad- but he is strong and healthy and struts his stuff to the onlookers lol! glad you like it! x

    – naturelover

  • Torfinn
    Torfinnover 4 years ago

    Excellent work Pauline!

  • You are so kind Torfinn- many thanks !

    – naturelover

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  • Jurmale
    Jurmaleover 4 years ago

    Oh! This is so fantastic and stunning capture,Pauline!!

  • Thanks so much for the super comment Paul!

    – naturelover

  • Colin Metcalf
    Colin Metcalfover 4 years ago

    Picking up on Don’s comment, I wonder if he is still grieving. Lovely poignant capture Pauline, a fave.

  • He seems OK Colin- a bit lonely on the Island- but he meets and greets the spectators on the boats as they pass by- he is very fit and handsome lol! x

    – naturelover

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...over 4 years ago

    wow Pauline i just love the treatment you have given this, wonderful and an instant fave, I can tell you had a wonderful time.Weather going to be nice today. Are you off anywhere today?x

  • Thanks so much for the lovely comment Catherine- another great day weatherwise-so went on the stream train from Swanage and had lunch on board- all very posh lol! x

    – naturelover

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Amazing capture, Pauline …. very sad that he lost his partner, he must be very lonely.

  • Thankyou so much Brenda- he was, but he is well loved and cared for- and has a great environment for living in- better than most in captivity! x

    – naturelover

  • JacquiK
    JacquiKover 4 years ago

    Fantastic work Pauline.

  • Happy you like it Jacqui- thanks so much!! x

    – naturelover

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 4 years ago

    Excellent sc. Such a sad story for the gorilla

  • It is so like our lives Chris- and he is very well cared for- just look at the Handsome Brute LOl! thanks so much! x

    – naturelover

  • Kylie  Sheahen
    Kylie Sheahenover 4 years ago

    Great capture Pauline! :)

  • Thankyou so very much Kylie! x

    – naturelover

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