Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Silverback Gorilla

The western lowland gorilla's population has declined by 60 per cent over the last 20-25 years due to hunting and disease, mostly ebola. They're considered to be endangered. The adult male's back begins to turn gray at about 10-12 years of age signifying it's maturity and strength, hence the name silverback gorilla. It was a good day at the zoo for taking photos. Most times that I've been they were in hiding.



11 comments:

Napaboaniya said...

Gorillas always give me a tame feel about them though most think otherwise..
Nice shots of them :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

WOnderful pictures and info here 2sweetnsaxy.

Jayne said...

He is magnificent!

John Theberge said...

The gorilla is an inpressive beast, I'm always amazed at how massive they are.

Darla said...

there's something interesting about those beasts, I love to watch them. Great photos.

T and S said...

Massive and powerful, yet pretty shy. Very well captured

kjpweb said...

Excellent! Thyat sure was a great day! :)
Cheers, Klaus

Mary said...

He's a very handsome fellow and how much fun it is to watch creatures like this that we don't normally get to see. Great Photos!

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

These are all excellent shots, but that final one really is remarkable. I wonder what the big guy is pondering.

piedmontperspective said...

Hey, I think I dated this guy... ;) Excellent photos!

Quiet Paths said...

Fantastic photos here. And... I guess highly intelligent animals.