Witnessing the death of a parent can be really one of the most calamitous experiences of a human’s life. This feeling of absolute depression, as Photographer Phil Moore presents, is not only limited to humans.
For this hugest gorilla, whose mother was murdered by the poachers, the tragedy is all too real. In a heart-touching display of grievous mourning, the saddened gorilla takes the support of park ranger Patrick Karabaranga.
Recorded in July 2012 at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, this picture captures a gorilla’s ability to show her emotions and Karabaranga’s kindness for a person from another species: a much-demanded skill in a world where the human actions intrude into the lives of the wild gorillas.
Gorilla of mountains has become a severely endangered species due to two distinct human actions. First, mass deforestation has ensued into the loss of a habitat severally for gorillas including many other animals of the rainforest. Every other day, 80,000 acres of rainforest are annihilated for lucrative business industries such as mining, agriculture, and logging.
By constructing the infrastructure to send goods from and to the rainforests, logging companies have procured the second human threat to gorillas; poachers, who utilize these roads to have access of gorilla habitats and transport gorilla meat.
Conservation steps have recently brought success in restoring the wild gorilla population, but as shown by the anguished facial expressions on both the sympathetic park ranger and the gorilla, there is still a lot left to be done.
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