by Brenda Nelson September. 10, 2012 4971 views

Friday at the St. Louis Zoo, we found this compound of gorillas, which have always been fascinating to us. The area contained a family of lowland gorillas (silverbacks) and only one mountain gorilla (the “Great Ape”) that we could see.

The father in this lowland family

Lowland Mother and son

Dad seemed upset, so the family moved away!

A silverback baby

The lowland mother

Then we walked around the corner and there sat a huge male Mountain Gorilla right on the other side of the glass, about a foot away!

The humanity in his expression stirred me - there was such sadness in his eyes.

This “Great Ape” was so magnificent, I could have sat and stared at him all day!

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Dunja 7 years ago

So lovely and magnificent creatures!!!!

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Marsha 7 years ago

Fantastic captures of these beautiful beasts, Brenda! You really found some interesting expressions....they are such fascinating creatures!

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Rachel Mvm 7 years ago

oh, love, love love these images, especially number 5! i wonder what's in their minds!

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Helen Hooker 7 years ago

Magnificent creatures - you caught some very noble portraits of them :-)

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Moira 7 years ago

fabulous set , you did catch the sadness in their expressions . Love the third one.

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Josy 7 years ago

A magnificent set Brenda! Doubtless they regret their natural environment !

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David 7 years ago

Great set !..
Almost humanlike.

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Agnes Felber 7 years ago

Some real close close-ups!

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Darlene Foster 7 years ago

Wow! Great photos! It is sad that they are confined, but the young learn so much from seeing them and adults too!

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Jacki 7 years ago

Always so sad to see them confined. I'm sure they ARE as sad as they look to be, confined as they are and being such intelligent creatures. 8^(

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Eric J H Joyce 7 years ago

These shots turned out great............

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Liz M 7 years ago

beautiful creatures...can see the soul in their eyes

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Joe 7 years ago

Great set, Brenda. Love the clarity and some of the expressions you captured.

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Glo B 7 years ago

simply beautiful!!

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Becky Brannon 7 years ago

Some wonderful animal portraits! They look like they were posing just for you!

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Larry Nelson 7 years ago

Outstanding set! The highlights on the hair in the first one are excellent!

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Dan Ravasio 7 years ago

Fabulous portraits of this majestic creature...... Yes - there is a sadness....

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Yves Monast 7 years ago

oh so cool awesome capture it almost look like your in the wild well done......

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Jay 7 years ago

Looking at these portraits makes me think of my own family. (Just kidding), but you surely did get a wonderful set of portraits. These are beautiful!

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