Lowland Gorillas are notoriously elusive in the jungle so the researchers at Mondika spent 15 years habituating Kingo and the females in his group to the presence of people. At least once a week, Kingo would lead the group to the swamp for a meal of nutrient dense herbs and ants. As the silverback of the group, Kingo is not only the father of the young, he must navigate the politics of the females, plan the daily food routes, and protect the young from leopards.
Location: Mondika, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Photograph Date: 2006
Medium: Chromogenic Print