family hominidae

This was first posted 01/23/2012. Today I happened to run into the father and his son at the zoo, much to my delight, (and his son was wearing the same hat so I knew it was them) and told him about this photo. At the time I took it I had no idea how well I had captured the moment or I would have said something then. For some reason I thought they were from out of town and that I'd never see them again, but I did!


I absolutely hate going to the ape house at the zoo when it's crowded. It is while viewing the apes that I have seen some of the worst of human behavior at the zoo--teasing them, making fun of them, and screaming at them. I had not seen them in many years, but decided to take a chance on a cold day in hopes that very few people would be there. There was only a family with a young boy. The man introduced his son to the huge and beautiful male gorilla who was sitting up against the glass. The man crouched down low and lowered his head, not making direct eye contact, as the instructions say, to show deference and respect to the gorilla.

  • MadPainter PRO 3y

    Congratulations, you've got the photo of the week on!

    Thanks for participating in the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group.
  • amy buxton PRO 3y

    MadPainter Thank you! I love this one. I wish I knew who the family was.
  • Michael Schoenewies PRO 3y

    What a great shot! I had somehow missed this one, it is quite a lovely moment captured beautifully.
  • Melissa Walter 3y

  • FatherSon1 3y

    That is my son and I in that photo. Almost a year later and I am seeing this for the first time! Fate has a funny way of crossing paths and My son and I were blessed with running into Amy at the ZOO (when no one was there) for the first time, or so I thought! I can't believe this photo, and it captures a dad teaching his son the lesson of sitting patiently and just being immersed and respectful in an environment much different than our own. Thank you for capturing such an important moment for me! I remember it well.
  • amy buxton PRO 3y

    FatherSon1 Thank you. It's one of my favorite photos. I don't photograph people very well but this one was perfect. It was so wonderful to run into you and your very cute son today.
  • BITH* PRO 3y

    'tis quite excellent (and very educational as well in a Darwinian sort of way).

    PS : Did you ever see this one?

    The Evolution of Barefoot
  • Aslam Kareem PRO 3y

    Extraordinary photography
  • amy buxton PRO 3y

    BITH* When you first became one of my contacts it was your buddy icon, but I didn't know it was YOU! Hilarious! The link seems to be broken though so it's not clear what you did to yourself. You do seem to have come a long way though. I'm fairly sure the early hominids couldn't fly planes...
  • Andrew Lockie 3y

    Great story and a truly wonderful capture Amy.
  • BITH* PRO 3y

    Amy! I suspect the link has long since gone. If I remember correctly it was to either The Open University or London's Natural History Museum as part of their Darwinian evolution educational programme. I'm beginning to think i looked better then than i do now!
  • ƒliçkrwåy PRO 3y

    This is an image that makes you think about Man, as well as 'his' relationship with our species. We are all interdependent.

    And as for the story, well, it gives a different take on "Meet Me in St Louis" for sure!
  • Paul J Howarth PRO 3y

    If there was a way to 'more than favourite' a picture, I would do so with this one. This is incredible! So beautiful and thought provoking.
  • Aristomenis 3y

    I'm going ape over this shot and the story! Great job!
  • Grant Simon Rogers PRO 3y

    Lovely to revisit this
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  • lorraine 2y

    So damn breathtaking!
  • lorraine 2y

    Came back to look again, really is a cracker.
  • amy buxton PRO 2y

    lorraine Thank you very much. It's one of my favorites and I don't take many people photos.
  • lorraine 2y

    Wish you would! Would love to see what you come up with.
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