Nothing in this world is more powerful than a child’s love for their parents. You can say the same thing about all living things. As a result, losing a parent is the most tragic experience any creature can have on Earth. And wildlife photographer Phil Moore captured some heartfelt images to prove it.
For this gorilla, the pain of losing its mother due to poaching is all too real. And because the situation is so overwhelming, the poor creature seeks assistance from one of the park’s rangers, Patrick Karabaranga, whose compassion for the orphaned gorilla is also touching.
The photograph was taken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s Virunga National Park. A sanctuary where orphaned gorillas like this one can find comfort and protection from poachers.
Because of a lot of deforestation, Mountain gorillas have become very rare. There are fewer of them now than there were a few years ago. Poaching is also a human activity that harms wildlife, but it’s not the only one.
Conservationists have made a lot of efforts to get the gorilla population back up. Virunga National Park is a great example of how this could work. Around 200 people live here, which makes up about a quarter of the world’s mountain gorilla population.