Photographer's Note

This photo was taken at the Bronx Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest in New York.
This 'forest' is 6.5 acres and has many other animals living inside as well. Managed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, it was the first major zoo exhibit to invite visitors to contribute their admission to a conservation project in Africa.
The subject is a 'Lowland Gorilla' which has a lifespan of 45-50 years. Females generally produce a single birth and captive males can often reach over 400 pounds. [In the wild they've been recorded at weighing up to 375 pounds.]
Despite an outward appearance that seems less than friendly these gorillas are actually both gentle and intelligent. They live in social groups led by a dominant male called the silverback and have several females and young within the group. This type of gorilla lives primarily on the ground but can have sleeping 'nests' in the trees.

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