BOOK SMARTS, 2019
Gorillas are the largest members of the primate family and are closely related to humans, with 98% of their DNA identical to that of humans. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified all sub species as endangered. In the wild their only predators are leopards, which can attack vulnerable youngsters and the biggest threat to gorillas is man. In recent decades gorilla populations have been affected by habitat loss, disease and poaching. Due to the vast dense areas in which they live it is difficult to monitor and protect gorilla populations and therefore difficult to implement successful conservation techniques. Upon their discovery gorillas were classified as one species, however they are now separated into two species and four sub species according to geographical location and physical characteristics. They live in groups called a troop lead by a dominant silverback male, and are highly sociable animals, maintaining strong bonds between group members.
Around 1,063 exist in the wild.
Painting by Alexandra Hall measures 36"x48"x2". This is an original acrylic painting on gallery-wrapped canvas.
"Book Smarts" ©2019, Alexandra Hall, All Rights Reserved
BOOK SMARTS Original Painting on Canvas (48"x36"x2")
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