7 minutes ago
Animals deserve portraits too!
did you know what baby gorillas are called? infants!
after years later i had the chance to make a week long trip to san diego, california. it is about 2 hours away from los angeles.
during my stay there, i have decided to visit the world famous san diego zoo and make it a day full of animals. i waited by the gorilla area for about 2 hours, going back and forth between the gorillas and orangutangs, in order to capture a close up portrait. then this infant showed up in her mother's arms right by the window and i had to dig my way through an influx of visiting kids to get this close up portrait.
some of you may write about how negative and evil zoos are because animals live in captivity and don't get to live freely. i'd be understanding of that but if some of these animals were to be set free then the poachers would be up on their heads. according to the @wwf
the commercial trade in bushmeat, which occurs throughout west and central africa, is today the biggest threat to gorillas. although gorillas may constitute only a small proportion of all animals killed for the bushmeat trade, they present easy targets for hunters, and in many areas gorillas are favored by hunters because of the weight of sellable meat.
that is the tip of the iceberg, because the next issue is deforestation. forests are rapidly being destroyed by commercial logging interests, for subsistence agriculture and road building activities. this makes it harder for gorillas to sustain their lives in their lost habitat.
the core of the problem is stopping such illegal acts that endanger these wonderful creatures. the national and international laws should be strictly enforced and coupled with strong judiciary systems. so until that is stopped, i would rather have such fragile and beautiful life to be safely secured and fostered at zoos instead. ✌🏼️🌍 / #discoveraround