20th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Mama gorilla and baby

On a gorilla trek in Bwindi, Uganda, we spent a magical half hour with the "bweza" family ("pretty" in the local dialect). With these magnificent gentle giants on the verge of extinction - only a few hundreds left in the wild - the experience was extremely emotional. Mama gorilla played with her baby and at a certain moment seemed as if she were kissing it.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 09.2022
Date Uploaded: 11.2022
Photo Location: Uganda
Camera: NIKON D7500
Copyright: © Arie Katz