Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda
This should be Charles, leader of the Umubano (meaning "live together") group consisting of thirteen members, including two silverbacks. This is one of ten groups in Rwanda habituated to humans. Each of these gorilla groups is restricted to just one hour of human contact per day.
Male mountain gorillas grow to about 5½ feet when standing on their hind feet and could weigh over 440 pounds. They might eat 75 pounds of vegetation a day. Males leave their home group when about eleven years old and may travel with an all-male group for a few years before attracting females to join him in a new group. these groups have between five and thirty members, with an average of ten. Sixty percent of groups have only one silverback, and the average reign of a silverback in charge of a group is less than five years.
For more information about the Umubano group and other mountain gorillas,
see Mountain Gorilla Family and Mountain Gorilla Mother and Baby.
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Photographic details: Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera w/ EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM lens set at 100mm. Flash was not used. Camera was set for f/6.3 on aperture priority with -1/3 stop exposure compensation, resulting in a shutter speed of 1/320 sec at ISO 500.
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