WPY 2011

Photograph Details

Highly commended 2011

Behaviour: Mammals

Andy Rouse, UK

Making an impression

This is the moment that Akarevuro, a young male mountain gorilla, charged at Andy and his companions in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. It had taken a couple of hours' trekking to reach the gorilla band, which is led by Akarevuro's father, Kwitonda. 'The group was very chilled', recalls Andy. 'Kwitonda ate peacefully, and Akarevuro was hanging out with some females in a clearing.' With hormones raging, Akarevuro suddenly rushed towards the group of humans. 'Dense vegetation prevented us from moving back,' says Andy. 'Akarevuro stopped a few metres away from us, squatted on all fours and remained like that for several minutes to make his point.' Andy sat still, avoided eye contact and waited for the moment to pass. 'Akarevuro was simply out to impress one of the receptive females,' concludes Andy. 'And it worked - a little later, we saw him mating.'

Technical specification

Nikon D3S + 70-200mm f2.8 lens; 1/3200 sec at f4; ISO 800.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanada: latitude -1.5103, longitude 29.489 Volcanoes National Park, Rwanada: latitude -1.5103, longitude 29.489

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanada

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