Grieving the loss of a parent is an experience that transcends species, as demonstrated by a powerful photograph Phil Moore took.
The image captures the moment when a mountain gorilla, mourning its mother’s death at the hands of poachers, seeks solace in the arms of park ranger Patrick Karabaranga.
Taken in July 2012 at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the photo highlights the gorilla’s emotional depth and the empathy of Karabaranga, who can connect with another species.
This compassion is crucial in a world where human activities continue to impact the lives of wild gorillas.
Mountain gorillas face critical endangerment due to two major human-induced threats—first, mass deforestation results in significant habitat loss for gorillas and other rainforest inhabitants. Every day, 80,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed for profit-driven industries like logging, agriculture, and mining.
Inadvertently, logging companies contribute to the second threat to gorillas: poaching. By creating infrastructure for transportation, these companies provide poachers with access to gorilla habitats and a means to transport gorilla meat.
Though conservation efforts have made strides in rebuilding wild gorilla populations, the poignant expressions of the grieving gorilla and the compassionate park ranger serve as a reminder that more work remains to be done.
Via: The Dodo