We met this big fella at the Pittsburgh Zoo during our biking trip in the city. As I settle down to write about our trip I look at all the pics we took of the cityscape, the stadium, the museums, the sculptures but none of them can match the mood of this one. I wonder, what’s this gorilla thinking? Does he like the broccolis? What’s his favorite snack? What would he have eaten left to himself in the African jungle? I don’t know and I sometimes wish animals could talk and not just in movies and cartoons.
The gorillas are an endangered species so in a way I am glad that this big guy is being taken care of. According to the zoo website, “Man is the main predator of the gorilla. Poaching for bushmeat is dwindling the numbers left in the wild. As all of the African rainforest is harvested for lumber, humans encroach on the gorillas.“
I do not want to sound pessimistic but these are hard facts and pretty soon many of our fellow creatures will become extinct unless we come down harder on poachers and their enablers.