Mahesha Silverback Gorillla

Mahesha Silverback Gorillla - African Wildlife



Gorilla, Zaire. This is Mahesha, a 600 lbs, 5ft 10in, male silverback gorilla.

We were led through the jungle by 3 pygmy trackers. After an hour of climbing over unseen fallen trees, hidden by the undergrowth, we were beginning to think we would not see one. Then the pygmies stopped. They knew a gorilla was around but were unsure where it was. The gorilla then broke wind and they knew exactly where it was. They hacked at the undergrowth to reveal Mahesha.

When these powerful creatures charge, they make a very loud scream as they rush towards you. I was told that if it did charge then I was to freeze and cower. Well it did charge and all of me froze except my bowels!
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Photo comment By Christine Loukidis: Fantastic picture of Maheshe. I'd like to know whether you've got others of the same silverback and other male gorillas ones shot in Kahuzi Biega Nat. Park in Zaire. Thanks

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