Friday, June 10, 2011

Gorilla and little duck make unlikely friends

Great photo by Tom Warren
So do you come this way often?
Western Lowland Gorilla and Mallard Duck, Bronx Zoo,
 New York, U.S.

'While mallards are commonly found throughout North America and across Eurasia, the peaceful, family-bound gorillas are highly endangered and struggle with loss of habitat, poaching, and disease. Scientists are working with the Republic of Congo government to establish a national complex of protected areas. This zone is among the most important for western lowland gorillas of equatorial Africa. The Bronx Zoo helps raise funds for the Wildlife Conservation Society to protect these magnificent primates.

'Upon arriving at the Bronx Zoo's Congo Gorilla Forest exhibit, I noticed there was an excitement among those viewing the animals. We all watched with amazement as a tiny duckling wandered among the huge western lowland gorillas, who eyed the fuzzy visitor with curiosity. The duckling did not seem the least bit intimidated and for good reason, as Africa's gentle giants eat mostly fruits and plants. How fortunate I was to witness a wonderful moment between two unlikely friends.'

Camera: Nikon D80; 180mm /2.8 lens; B+W clear UV haze filter; 1/200 sec at /2.8; ISO 640; hand-held.