Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC
The eastern lowland gorilla is the largest of the four gorilla subspecies. Years of civil unrest in the Democratic Republic of Congo have taken their toll, in fact this subspecies may now occupy only 13% of its historical range and an accurate accounting of the animals has been impossible for many years because of violence in the region. The massive portayed male is called Chimanuka and is the silverback of a large group living at about 2500 m als in the landscape dominated by the volcanoes Kahuzi and Biega, in eastern DRC.
By Michele Menegon
Michele Menegon is a photographer, conservationist and, for most of his life, an explorer of mountain forests and their mysterious inhabitants. He has published over a hundred scientific papers, discovered and described dozens of species new to science and published his photographs in books, magazines and solo photo exhibitions.