Gorillas Mate Face-to-Face in First Photos

Gorillas Mate Face-to-Face in First Wild Photos
    1 of 4   Next >>
Digg!

February 12, 2008As the female's daughter looks on, two western lowland gorillas in Congo's Nouabali-Ndoki National Park embrace before mating face-to-face, as seen in photos released today.

Lowland gorillas had never before been seen mating face-to-face, and no wild gorilla had ever been photographed using this behavior, the Wildlife Conservation Society announced. The mating style, though, is seen among gorillas in captivity. (Read full story.)

Perhaps just as surprising, the female in these 2005 photographsLeah, named after Star Wars's Princess Leiais also the first gorilla to have been seen using a tool in the wild.

 More Photos in the News
 Today's 15 Most Read Stories
 Free Email Newsletter: Focus on Photography
—Photograph by Thomas Breuer/Wildlife Conservation Society
 
NEWS FEEDS    After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed. After installing a news reader, click on this icon to download National Geographic News's XML/RSS feed.

Get our news delivered directly to your desktop—free.
How to Use XML or RSS




 

50 Drives of a Lifetime

Listen to your favorite National Geographic news daily, anytime, anywhere from your mobile phone. No wires or syncing. Download Stitcher free today.