Canon EOS 30 D; 70-200 mm f/2.8 L with 2X Ext.

A male silverback gorilla or Lowland gorilla.

Lowland Gorillas are highly Intelligent. Many gorillas have been observed exhibiting behaviors which require a high degree of intellegence. One example is a female gorilla exhibiting tool use by using a tree trunk as a support whilst fishing. The skeleton of a gorillas are closely related to humans and are considered highly intelligent. A few individuals in captivity, such as Koko, have been taught a subset of sign language.

The following observations were made by a team led by Thomas Breuer of the Wildlife Conservation Society in September 2005. Gorillas are now known to use tools in the wild. A female gorilla in the Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo was recorded using a stick as if to gauge the depth of water whilst crossing a swamp. A second female was seen using a tree stump as a bridge and also as a support whilst fishing in the swamp. This means that all of the great apes are now known to use tools.

In September 2005, a two and a half year old gorilla in the Republic of Congo was discovered using rocks to smash open palm nuts inside a game sanctuary. While this was the first such observation for a gorilla, over forty years previously chimpanzees had been seen using tools in the wild, famously ‘fishing’ for termites. It is a common tale among native peoples that gorillas have used rocks and sticks to thwart predators, even rebuking large mammals. Great apes are endowed with a semi-precision grip, and certainly have been able to use both simple tools and even weapons, by improvising a club from a convenient fallen branch.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Hominidae
Subfamily: Homininae
Tribe: Gorillini

Comments

  • Ryan85
    Ryan85almost 5 years ago

    Great expressiveness in his face. Fantastic capture!

  • Jan Cartwright
    Jan Cartwrightalmost 5 years ago

    Wow – beautiful clarity and detail. Love the expression on his face.

  • Ruth Lambert
    Ruth Lambertover 4 years ago

  • Kent Burton
    Kent Burtonover 4 years ago

    WOW!!! Lisa, this is absolutely marvelous!! The eyes say SOOOO much! – Really exceptional work! – Kent B

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Great shot- well done!

  • Tibby Steedly
    Tibby Steedlyover 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot of this beautiful gorilla. They are my favorite creatures in the world – so beautiful and endangered. I love your photos of them.

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago

    wow well done,

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoover 4 years ago

    Awesome!!!

  • Tom Newman
    Tom Newmanover 4 years ago

    Brilliant shot Lisa , you have captured the eyes superbly , congratulations on your feature :-)

  • Leoni South
    Leoni Southover 4 years ago

    OMG what a fantastic photo. They are all amazing. The Silverbacks are so expressive and comanding..

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