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Mother love
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Copyright: Eric Threinen (Eric) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 17] (129)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 350D, 75-300mm, 58mm UV
Details: Tripod: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Baby Animals 3, Family Matters 2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-26 12:18
Viewed: 5457
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]

The gorilla, the largest of the primates, is a ground-dwelling herbivore that inhabits the forests of central Africa. There are two species of gorilla, both in the genus Gorilla; each species has two subspecies.

Both species of gorilla are endangered, and have been subject to intense poaching for a long time. Threats to gorilla survival include habitat destruction and the bushmeat trade.
All gorillas share a single blood type, B.

Physical characteristics
Gorillas move about by knuckle-walking. Males range in height from 1.65 m to 1.75 m, and in weight from 140 kg to 165 kg. Females are about half the weight of males.

Gestation is 8 ˝ months. There are typically 3–4 years between births. Infants stay with their mothers for 3–4 years. Females mature at 10–12 years (earlier in captivity); males 11–13 years, sometimes sooner if they assume leadership early. Lifespan is between 30–50 years. The Philadelphia Zoo's Massa set the longevity record of 54 years at the time of his death.

Gorillas are mainly herbivores, eating fruits, leaves, and shoots.

Gorilla culture
A silverback is an adult male gorilla, typically more than 12 years of age and named for the distinctive patch of silver hair on his back A silverback gorilla has large canines that come with maturity. Blackbacks are sexually immature males of up to 11 years of age.

Silverbacks are the strong, dominant troop leaders. Each typically leads a troop of 5 to 30 gorillas and is the center of the troop's attention, making all the decisions, mediating conflicts, determining the movements of the group, leading the others to feeding sites and taking responsibility for the safety and well-being of the troop.

Males will slowly begin to leave their original troop when they are about 11 years old, travelling alone or with a group of other males for 2–5 years before being able to attract females to form a new group and start breeding. While infant gorillas normally stay with their mother for 3–4 years, silverbacks will care for weaned young orphans.

If challenged by a younger or even by an outsider male, a silverback will scream, beat his chest, shake broken-off branches at the intruder, bare his teeth then charge forward. If he is killed by disease, accident, fighting or poachers, the group will split up or be taken over in its entirety by a male descendant or even an unrelated male; there is a strong risk that a new male may kill the infants of the dead silverback.

Gorillas are closely related to humans and are considered highly intelligent. A few individuals in captivity, such as Koko, have been taught a subset of sign language.

Sources: Wikipedia
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-27 2:45]

Wooow ! Magnifique photo ! Vous avez superbement capté ce beau moment, la pose du petit est si attendrissante. Compliments Eric et merci pour le partage.

Hi Eric

Really nice shot. Good POV. Exposure is well done. Sharpness, detail and colour are all spot on. Thanks.

Quelle merveilleuse photo, pleine de tendresse ! Il y a aussi de jolis détails et de belles couleurs, je l'aime beaucoup. Du beau travail !

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