This is Kukena and his mother Salome who is a wonderful mother. He is finding his feet within the group now but is put in his place by the other gorillas by a simple cough! However I liked this pose where he was sitting quite proud!. These Gorillas' are endangered and are either killed for their meat, hands or kidnapped, as babies, to be sold on the black market.. The females are killed mainly for their meat. The silver backs are shot first when a group is attacked and are usually so riddled with bullets, their hands and feet will used as trophies. Where I shot this was a very dark corner, and where Salome likes to watch Kukena play! Handheld with the 300mm and 1.4xTC standing on a very wobbly bench due to a tree being in the way LOL!

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