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Gorilla beringei beringei IV

Gorilla beringei beringei IV
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Copyright: Ferran J Lloret (ferranjlloret) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 791 W: 53 N: 2113] (10340)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Mammals of Africa I, CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos 2, Gorillas on freedom [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-11 23:37
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Gorilla beringei beringei

Charles, the Boss of Umubano group

For the Mountain Gorilla, G. b. beringei, the Virunga Volcanoes region and Bwindi Impenetrable NP are surrounded by some of the highest human densities in Africa (Plumptre and Williamson 2001; CIESIN and CIAT 2005) in countries with some of the fastest increasing human populations in Africa (World Resources Institute 2007). So many people with so much need for land pose significant threats to both subpopulations of Mountain Gorilla. While a key conservation strategy for both subpopulations of Mountain Gorillas is tourism, there is concern about the risk of disease transmission and disturbance to the gorillas, both of which could jeopardize these conservation programmes (e.g. Butynski and Kalina 1998; Homsy 1999). Transmission of infectious disease agents has been proven among habituated wild gorillas, people, domestic animals and other wild animals. Although not yet documented in gorillas, human-origin viral respiratory disease has recently been shown to cause high mortality among habituated chimpanzees (Köndgen et al. 2008). However, overall, Mountain Gorillas visited by researchers and tourists have consistently done better than those not visited, due to the level of protection afforded to areas and groups that are monitored daily (Harcourt 1986; Weber 1993). For instance, in both the 1981 census and 2003 census of the Virunga gorillas, the ratio of immatures to adults were higher in gorilla groups visited by researchers or tourists than in groups not visited (Harcourt et al. 1983; Gray et al. 2006), at 0.4 vs. 0.6 juveniles per non-silverback adult in 2001 (Gray et al. 2006, Table 3). Nevertheless, the threats remain considerable, and intensive conservation activities must continue.

Robbins, M. & Williamson, L. 2008. Gorilla beringei. In: IUCN 2008. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. . Downloaded on 20 January 2009.

In the picture we can see the big Silver Back Charles, head of the group Umubano (oo-moo-baano) formed by 9 members: 1 Silverback, 1 Sub adult male, 3 Adult females and 4 Babies

A very difficult photo by the conditions of light, and by the environmental humidity in a rainy day and a rainy forest.

Other Mountain gorrilla Zirikana and your mother Umurimo

Other Mountain gorrilla Charles

Other Mountain gorrilla Umurimo

Other Mountain gorrilla Zirikana

This picture is taken in the Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda . Original format

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Hi Ferran, a superb wild life capture of a silverback from nice POV. Intriguing shot indeed! The facial expression is priceless. Great use of the focal length...
TFS and have a nice day MF!


Hola Ferran! Amazing guy. Splendid isolation. Good POV and capture. Very good contrast. Well done!

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-11-12 2:39]

Hi Ferran.
I like this unique and very pictorial shot so much. Presentation of the adult individual of the animal is simply great. Rich vegetation around it creates an amazing scenery for your hero. Well done and kind regards.

hello Ferran
impressive snapshot, a composition with so much plants and the imposing volume of gorilla in medium, very good details and natural attribution of colours,very fine photo!
keep photographing! TFS

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-11-12 3:20]

Hello Ferran,
A fine capture of a Mountain Gorilla, a male silverback taken from an excellent POV among the vegetaion with superb sharpness and colours.
You were lucky to experience this.
Thanks and best regards,

Tant se val si ploia o no, la questió que és un gran document que pots podrem captar segurament.
Suposo que has de sentir una emoció especial fent aquestes fotos. Toques totes les temàtiques Ferran, el que demostra la teva sensibilitat en vers la natura.
Abraçada: Josep Ignasi.

hello Gorilla

an excellent close-up photo of the Mountain Gorilla,
shot with fine POV, fine focus excellent sharpness
and details, excellent expression on his glance, TFS


Hi Ferran!

You present us a magnificent wildlife picture in the form of a superb prtrait of a gorilla. You explain us the difficult conditions to take the picture, but I believe that the quality did not suffer from this. The indirect light created natural colours and the the clarity as well as the sharpness are good. Together with your interesting notes this is a very valuable posting.

Kind regards


Hola Ferran,
che cattura straordinaria in diretto contatto con questo splendido Gorilla in un contesto che credo sia stato per te indimenticabile, bellissima immagine, eccellenti punto di ripresa e composizione.
Grazie e complimenti
Salutacions cordials

Hello Ferran,

A great capture of this Silver Back with lovely details & composition. Very nicely taken & TFS.

Best regards & compliments!


Hello Ferran,

what a nice picture from this gorilla in natural habitat.
Good pov and details.
fine colours.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-11-12 11:24]

Hello Ferran,
Sorry, I got some connection problems with TN. But finally I can open your photo.
I got also very good memories to the meeting with these Mountain Gorillas. For me in Uganda. A moment I shall never forget.
Beautiful photo of this silverback in good sharpness, details and natural colours. Very nice POV and expression on the face.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-11-12 11:57]

Hi Ferran. It must be just amazing to be so close to this huge animal in the wild. You have taken a first class close up showing fine detai land colour in the fur. Its colour such a contrast to the green of the leaves. Very well taken TFs.

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-11-12 23:45]

Hi Ferran,
wo...wow...this is a very special shot.
This view along with the note is so exciting and informative.
Very well composed, well seen in sharpness.
well presented and thanks for sharing this lively animal.


Hello Ferran,
A nice pic of this silverback in its natural environment

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2009-11-15 4:43]

Hi Ferran,
A precious photo of this beautiful animal. TFS
Best wishes,

Absolutely FIRST CLASS image.
Outstanding notes; done with meticulas care.
Mario from Canada making my comments from the hospital where I'm looking after my MOST beloved mother-in-law.

Hola Ferran.

Felicitaciones por este magnífico cuadro de un gorila en su medio natural. Muy buena calidad técnica de toda la imagen. Intensa calidad emocional de la fotografía.

Gracias por darnos una imagen tan hermosa.

hasta pronto.


Hi Ferran,
An excellent capture with this gorilla in a relaxing pose and in its natural surrounds.Seems like the gorilla has sensed some movement or smell by the turning of its head with classical facial expression, well done.

Bonjour Ferran,
Je reviens vers ta galerie et j'ai beaucoup de mal à choisir une photographies plutôt qu'une autre.
Voilà une publication pour le moins originale et dont le sujet est admirablement mis en valeur dans son environnement.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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