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!.

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.

Kukena will travel on his mother's arm still but also on her back, which is more of a preference now. She will still feed him for another 18 months but he is eating solids. Unfortunately if he does get hold of a carrot or tomato she will take it off him for herself lol!!!

Shot with 500mm without TC and full frame.

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