Sad Sweet Dreamer

naturelover

Wimborne, United Kingdom

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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
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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
14 Favs Sept 2013
Featured in Amazing Wildlife Featurama Jan 2012
Featured in Superbly Visual Feb 2012
SOLD 1 x Medium Throw Pillow Jan 2015

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