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Gorilla beringei beringei III

Gorilla beringei beringei  III
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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 40 D, Canon EF 100-400 mm F4.5-5.6L IS USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/80 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite African animal photos, Mammals of Africa I, Gorillas on freedom [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-20 4:36
Viewed: 16715
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
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

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

Tv 1/80
Av 5.0
ISO 1600
Focal 160.0 mm

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Hello Ferran,
this is a wonderful capture with a impressive Mountain gorilla.

wonderful portrait of this endangered species , perfect sharp and good light , clear details and nice DOF ,
great capture !

Hello Ferran,
You made a very good portrait of Charles the boss
Great focus
Well done
PS: this reminds me the very nice time we had with the gorillas at PNV

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2009-01-20 8:49]

Hi Ferran,
Lovely capture.I liked POV,moment you caught,clear eyes and expression on face a lot.
Thanks for posting.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2009-01-20 10:10]

Hello Ferran,
Very nice portrait of Gorilla , great sharpness and details, well captured too. Thanks for sharing.Best regards Siggi

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2009-01-20 10:23]

Hi Ferran,

Amazing portrait of Charles, the big chief. In spite of the difficult lighting you managed an excellent shot. He seems to be enjoying munching on those leaves. The colors, details and textures are wonderful. I love those shiny eyes and the nose. You really "got into his face."


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-01-20 11:51]

Hi Ferran . What a fine looking animal. The silver back is such a large Gorilla, You were so lucky to get this close. Good detail in the fur and eyes. just look at the huge fingers. well done TFS,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-01-20 12:07]

Hello Ferran,
A fine close portrait of a Mountain Gorilla taken in difficult conditions. Great POV showing the head and neck of this silverback with fine sharpness and exposure.
Well done and thanks for sharing this excellent momento of what must have been a wonderful once-in a lifetime experience.
Best regards,

For all reasons that we can see and and we can read, the photo talks!

Best regards


hello ferran
great portrait shot of this moutain gorilla, I like his tiny eyes but sharp look
great details on his fur
TFS Jacqueline

Hello Feraan,
So you were there there...lucky you.
Somehow it must be some kind of scary, I think. The kind of situation where you need a guide or ranger...as you have to find them in the first place:-)
TFS your big and strong friend.

hello Ferran

excellent portrait photography of the Mountain Gorilla
shot with fine POV, great sharpness and details,
i love the expression of his glance, TFS


Hi Ferran,
very beautiful portrait of this Mountain Gorilla taken from an excellent frontal POV with a good sharp; very nice moment; i love the "melancholy" look.
TFS. Best regards.

Hi Ferran, an excellent capture of this beauty:). What a lovely face. Very beautiful. You you captured it perfectly my friend.
TFS and cheers,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2009-01-20 23:52]

Hello Ferran,
It must be fantastic to see the Gorillas at close range! This is a wonderful capture of the Silver Back Charles! Excellent focus and sharpness and beautiful natural colours. I like its pose with the big hands gripping the leaves and he has a beautiful glimpse in his eyes. Very well done!
TFS and regards, Ulla

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2009-01-21 4:22]

Hi Ferran,
what a great shot. Really close and looks very ferocious. well captured in great clarity and facial expression. Nice original colours of the gorilla and the forest behind.
Beautiful and pleasant composition.


Hi Ferran,

this is such a superb mugshot with the sharpness and details so flawless. I like the framing with the eyes glitter like a marble. Well done and TFS.


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2009-01-23 5:32]

Hello Ferran,
I like your monkey-pictures very much and this also is very expressive and interesting. Amazing to see the "fingers" of this Gorilla-boss. Charles himself looks quite powerful and distrustful!
Superbe capture.

Great shot of this Gorilla Ferran.
You were very luck to get to see this.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2009-01-25 8:14]

Hello Ferran, Impressive capture of an exceptionally impressive creature. You have captured great details in his dark fur, not an easy task. What a thrill this must have been Ferran, thank you for sharing it with us.

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