Big 5s

Dominique Bikaba

Executive Director, Strong Roots Congo

“The majestic and giant Eastern Lowland gorilla, the largest primate on Earth, is my favourite wild animal to visit, to photograph and to see in wildlife photography. They are impressively identified by their stocky bodies, large hands and short muzzle.

In the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic decline of 77 per cent of their populations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where they are endemic, in a region plagued by armed conflicts and coveted by multinationals for its natural resources.

Eastern Lowland gorillas are not only charismatic creatures but have also strong social structures that have shaped surrounding communities’ behaviour and been a source for culture values. Their vocal communication within group-interaction, including within-group calls in copulation events, along with chest-beating, are among their ways to express their attitude. Gorillas are the friendliest wildlife I have encountered so far.”

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Photo by Dominique Bikaba

My Big 5

    Gorilla
    Lion
    Chimpanzee
    Bonobo
    Elephant

Dominique Bikaba

Executive Director, Strong Roots Congo

“The majestic and giant Eastern Lowland gorilla, the largest primate on Earth, is my favourite wild animal to visit, to photograph and to see in wildlife photography. They are impressively identified by their stocky bodies, large hands and short muzzle.

In the last 20 years, there has been a dramatic decline of 77 per cent of their populations in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where they are endemic, in a region plagued by armed conflicts and coveted by multinationals for its natural resources.

Eastern Lowland gorillas are not only charismatic creatures but have also strong social structures that have shaped surrounding communities’ behaviour and been a source for culture values. Their vocal communication within group-interaction, including within-group calls in copulation events, along with chest-beating, are among their ways to express their attitude. Gorillas are the friendliest wildlife I have encountered so far.”

Photo by Dominique Bikaba

My Big 5

    Gorilla
    Lion
    Chimpanzee
    Bonobo
    Elephant

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