Young Silverback Gorilla
Young silver back Mountain Gorilla, possibly pondering his future. He has now reached mating age and already scuffles with his sibling (also a young silver back) but has not yet contested the Alpha position with his father, Kwitonda, who leads this group of 22. The young male silver backs will either challenge their fathers or try to steal some of the females from their own group &/or from other groups and set up their own family. If he challenges and loses he will have to leave the group; and the potential is also there for him to be mortally wounded. His family, the Kwitonda Group is 22 individuals strong, made up of the leading Silverback, 2 younger Silverbacks, females, adolescents and babies. Mountain Gorillas, Gorilla gorilla beringei, are highly endangered with around 700 left in the wild, spread between Rwanda, Congo and Uganda. These gorillas have only this one habitat. In the recent past poaching for food as a result of war and genocide had an effect on the population. It is slowly recovering, but any change to the status quo regarding habitat and human intervention could see the population plummet.