Nothing compares to the affection a child has for his or her parents. And this is true not just of humans, but of all living things.
One of the most terrible events in a person’s life is the death of a parent. This sensation of intense sadness is not exclusive to humans, as photographer Phil Moore demonstrates.
After losing its mother to poaching, this gorilla is in excruciating misery.
And, because the situation is so stressful, the unfortunate gorilla seeks comfort from one of the park’s keepers, Patrick Karabaranga, whose love for the orphaned gorilla is very poignant.
This photograph, taken in July 2012 in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park, shows the gorilla’s ability to express loss and Karabaranga’s compassion for a member of another species: a valuable skill in a world where human activity is increasingly encroaching on the lives of wild gorillas.
Mountain gorillas, like many other animals, have become critically endangered as a result of widespread deforestation.
Their numbers have dropped considerably in recent years. Apart from that, poaching is another human activity that endangers animals.
For starters, extensive deforestation has resulted in significant habitat loss for not only gorillas but many other rainforest creatures.
80,000 acres of rainforest being destroyed every day in the name of profitable sectors like logging, agriculture, and mining.
Logging businesses unknowingly promote the second human threat to gorillas, poachers, who utilize these roads to enter gorilla habitats and smuggle gorilla meat, by developing the infrastructure to transfer commodities in and out of these rainforests.
Conservation efforts have resulted in recent triumphs in recovering the wild gorilla population, but there is still much work to be done, as seen by the gorilla’s mournful expression and the comforting park ranger’s.