A flood of mid–day sunlight inundated the forest floors of the Cameroon mountains on the eastern boundary of Cross-River State, Eastern Nigeria. The lush canopies flaunted their verdant apparels with a matching brilliance on the dry leaves carpeting the forest underwoods.
At the base of a tall tree, a team of brave conservationists had hidden a video camera trap, attempting to track the elusive Cross-River Gorilla species; and for the first time ever, the video footage of Cross River gorillas in their natural environment was captured. The Cross-River Gorillas are some of the most elusive animals on Earth. (Credit to Wildlife Conservation Society).
The photos and video below document the success of their venture- A dramatic performance by a migrating group of six gorillas:
- As two other gorillas approach from the rear, the seated one rises and continues to walk past. He is probably scared of the oncoming gorillas or fears to break a ‘rule of migration’. He mustn’t break the line, he’s gotta keep moving…
- One of the two oncoming gorillas walks faster and clears from the path of the other one, as two other gorillas emerge from another bush nearby. It seems the farthest gorilla is the strongest member of the group.
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This article was written by folarin
Founder of Naijatreks, Nigerian-born Folarin Kolawole’s photography and travel writing depict a passionate romance with nature’s endowments. He grew up in the small town of Akure, Ondo State. He is a travel writer, geologist, researcher and tourism activist. When not at work, he writes geo-scientific research papers and travels the length and breadth of Nigeria, exploring, taking photos, making videos and writing about her numerous hidden tourist potentials.