Uzumma, a two year old Western Lowland Gorilla, is becoming a very independent young lady, and a very busy one. This day she was racing around throwing hay into the air, whirling around and trying to tackle the older ladies in her group. Needless to say, she just sort of bounced off! Fortunately they are very tolerant ladies! Here she is captured mid-whirl. Uzumma lives at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington.
The Western Lowland Gorilla is a subspecies of the Western Gorilla that lives in montane, primary, and secondary forests and lowland swamps in Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Adult male Gorillas are prone to cardiomyopathy, a degenerative heart disease. Babec, a Western Lowland Gorilla on exhibit at the Birmingham Zoo in Birmingham, Alabama (USA) was the first gorilla to receive an artificial pacemaker. Binti Jua, who resides at Brookfield Zoo in Illinois, saved a three year old boy who fell into her enclosure in 2003.
The Western Lowland Gorilla is critically endangered. The gorilla is vulnerable to Ebola, deforestation, and poaching.
Canon Rebel XTi – Canon 70-300mm lens
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