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The Silver Backed Gorilla lives alone on his Island at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire UK since his mate Samba passed away in 2007, aged 47
Taken with an Olympus E-520 DSLR camera

Nico the western lowland gorilla celebrated his 50th birthday at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park in August this year.
It’s believed the landmark birthday means Nico is now the oldest silverback gorilla in Europe and the second oldest male gorilla in the world

Just like us, they have their moods. There are days when he’s happy to take his vitamins straight into his mouth. And there are other days when he’s in a right foul mood, his vitamins are left on the bars of his cage.’

Nico has a gorilla house to himself that, from the outside anyway, could easily pass as a respectable country bolt-hole for many humans. Built in the late Seventiess, Nico’s centrally-heated home is made of brick and seasoned timber, with a tiled roof and pretty casement windows with white glazing bars. On either side of the house, there are two heated verandahs, supported by tree trunks.
Inside, the decor is a little more primitive, with three separate barred cages. He has all the basic home comforts, though. His straw bedding is changed every day and his menu is neatly written up on a white-board, headed ‘Nico’s Diet
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  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

  • naturelover
    natureloverabout 3 years ago

  • leonie7
    leonie7about 3 years ago


  • A Must to visit Lee, so much to see and photograph. thankyou so much! HAPPY NEW YEAR! x

    – naturelover

  • Clive
    Cliveabout 3 years ago

    A super capture and treatment with old Nico Pauline, well done……A very Merry Chistmas to you and yours my friend, have a good one xx

  • Thank you so much x HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    – naturelover

  • Photography  by Mathilde
    Photography b...about 3 years ago

    It is such a terrible shame that these beautiful creatures are kept in captivity, although I realise that Nico is one of the more lucky ones – superb capture and processing Pauline x

  • Many thanks Mattie x HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    – naturelover

  • shiraz
    shirazabout 3 years ago

    Fantastic Portrait and editing………love it:)

  • Thank you so much x -HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    – naturelover

  • Country  Pursuits
    Country Pursuitsabout 3 years ago

    Nice work Pauline. xx

  • Glad you like it Richard, thanks loads xx HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    – naturelover

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 3 years ago

    What a lovely capture of this beautiful chap dear Pauline.
    And what a very appropreate title my friend.x

  • Thank you so much for the super comment Catherine x HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    – naturelover

  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 3 years ago

    Nice capture and post work Pauline…

  • Many thanks Thomas x -HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    – naturelover

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 3 years ago

    Beautiful work Pauline! Happy Xmas

  • Thank you so much Roy x- HAPPY NEW YEAR!

    – naturelover

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