"The eastern gorilla is listed as endangered on the IUCN Red List, with the mountain gorilla listed as Critically Endangered. The western gorilla and its subspecies are also listed as Critically Endangered. Threats to gorilla survival include habitat destruction and poaching for the bushmeat trade. In 2004, a population of several hundred gorillas in the Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo was essentially wiped out by the Ebola virus. A 2006 study published in Science concluded more than 5,000 gorillas may have died in recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus in central Africa. The researchers indicated in conjunction with commercial hunting of these apes, the virus creates "a recipe for rapid ecological extinction."
It's a shame that mankind cannot bring up enough class to let those magnificent creatures live in peace. They are most fascinating and watching them is an almost magical experience - one I had the pleasure to enjoy for quite a while today. Should the gorilla really be extinct one day, I'll be ashamed to be human.
Taking photos of Gorillas, however, is not the easiest thing to do because they seem to sense the presence of nosy photographers trying to violate their private sphere – they almost always turn their back on you. But with a little bit of patience and the right portion of good luck, the diligent photographer will get the shot.
On a lighter note, I am happy to announce that 6 of my last 8 published images made it to explore. Thank you very much for your time, clicks and words. They are much appreciated.
However, I am pretty sure, that this image will end my little run. There's too much black in it and not enough recognizable visuals in the image for it to work as a thumbnail. People go for color. That's a fact that black & white lovers like me have to deal with. But then, it's nice to swim against the stream.
For this image to work, you must turn off all other light sources, close all curtains and press 'L' to invoke the lightbox.