Some good news!!! ”Forty years ago, Dian Fossey and the world were devastated when a family of mountain gorillas — named Group 4 — was decimated by poachers. Group 4 was the very first group of gorillas to be studied by Dr. Fossey after she established the Karisoke Research Center and included individuals like Uncle Bert, who she named after her own uncle, and Digit, the first gorilla to accept her presence.” Over the course of 1978, four gorillas in Group 4 were killed by poachers and another three died as a result of the group’s disruption. By December of that year, only three of the original 11 group members remained together.
With her beloved Group 4 destroyed, and the mountain gorilla population headed toward a low point of only about 240 individuals, Fossey feared the species would go extinct before the year 2000.
Instead, today, due to the intensive protection efforts Fossey initiated, mountain gorillas have reached a new historic milestone: their numbers have gradually increased over the past 30 years, and are up from 240 to 604, based on the latest census. (Another separate population of 400 individuals bring the total number of mountain gorillas to just over 1,000). I photographed this magnificent mountain gorilla in the Volcanos National Park, Rwanda.
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Two baby elephants cuddle in front of my camera in Selous, Tanzania. Young elephants spend a lot of time playing by chasing and pulling each others tails. The splash and spray each other with water and mud. They often "trunk wrestle" and practice fighting in pushing and pulling competitions.
They can usually stand and walk within an hour of birth and if a elephant calf loses its mother the other females in the group will take care of it. The bond between a baby elephant and its mother is frequently described as the closest of any animal on earth. This is not just another cute animal picture but in my opinion yet another reminder that it's not just humans that can show compassion, empathy and caring. Perhaps it´s finally time for us humans to realize that other species are much more advanced than what we used to know aknowledge and believe. Can’t wait to head back to Selous next week with my partner @irisalexandrov + @ansgarklumphotos + @einars.pics + @biancalexandrov and #dorian for @zoomphototours#elephants#babies#calfs#antipoaching#selous#savetheelephants#tanzania#play#caretakers#instagood @natgeo @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial