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Gorilla Portrait (Explored)

I know, it looks grim and fierce, but actually these creatures are very calm and peaceful. Here is what WWF has to say about them:

"Gorillas display many human-like behaviors and emotions, such as laughter and sadness. They even make their own tools to help them survive in the forest. In fact, gorillas share 98.3% of their genetic code with humans, making them our closest cousins after chimpanzees and bonobos. The largest of the great apes, gorillas are stocky animals with broad chests and shoulders, large, human-like hands and small eyes set into hairless faces.

Gorillas live in family groups of usually 5 to 10, but sometimes two to more than 50, led by a dominant male who holds his position for years. Females become sexually mature around seven or eight years old but don’t begin to breed until a couple of years later. Males mature at an even greater age. Once a female begins to breed, she’ll likely give birth to only one baby every four to six years, and only three or four over her entire lifetime. This low rate of reproduction makes it difficult for gorillas to recover from population declines. Both gorilla species have been decreasing in numbers for decades, and a 2010 United Nations report suggests that they may disappear from large parts of the Congo Basin by the mid-2020s."


Technically, I went low key again. I have a high key version with a white background here on my Mac, but it just isn't ready for prime time yet. And it may never be.


I left just a little bit of color on the teeth.


Either you view this in the lightbox with all other light sources dimmed or you'd better let it be. So please press 'L'.





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Taken on September 9, 2012