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Young Mountain Gorilla A young mountain gorilla.  Picture taken in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Democratic Republic of the Congo,Geotagged,Gorilla beringei beringei,Mountain gorilla Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Young Mountain Gorilla

A young mountain gorilla. Picture taken in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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  1. Stunning! I am wondering how the photography experience is with these species, as I often hear you cannot look at them directly. How does that work photography-wise? Posted 6 years ago
  2. Thanks for the kind comment. As for your question, I never perceived the direct eye contact to be an issue. Frankly, the adults paid us almost no attention at all, so eye contact wasn't really a problem (at one point, the silverback just gently brushed some people to the side when he wanted to move past the group). This one, the baby in the group, was fairly curious about us all, so eye contact was pretty inevitable. But my guess is that he/she was too young to perceive it as any sort of threat. Posted 6 years ago

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The mountain gorilla is one of the two subspecies of the eastern gorilla. There are two populations. One is found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa, within three National Parks: Mgahinga, in south-west Uganda; Volcanoes, in north-west Rwanda; and Virunga in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo . The other is found in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Some primatologists say that the Bwindi population in Uganda may be a separate subspecies, though no description has.. more

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Uploaded Jun 10, 2014. Captured Aug 23, 2007 16:03 in A 109, Kasindi, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • NIKON D200
  • f/2.8
  • 1/400s
  • ISO500
  • 300mm