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!