Taking a look at life from another’s perspective is truly the goal of almost any picture worth taking. For Ya Kwanza, a 27 year-old silverback gorilla at a wildlife park in Jersey, Channel Islands, the experience of becoming a camera man for a day was all in the name of a good cause.
The Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is an international charity dedicated to stimulating the gorillas and providing them with devices that will enrich their lives and encourage them to forage for food. They gave the gorilla an HD camera just for the sake of seeing what he would do with it.
Since 1963, the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust has established breeding groups for many species of endangered mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, and has been a pioneer in efforts to return these creatures to the wild.
The idea of looking at the world from a gorilla’s perspective came from Durrell’s mammal keeper, Joe Stark, who for the last four years has been a caretaker for the endangered western lowland gorillas.
Ya Kwanza didn’t see the hi-tech camera at first as it was fitted into the contents of a bright yellow box that was coated with honey and oats and stuffed with raisins. The footage is fascinating, as it shows the gorilla examining the device and managing to pick out the raisins with an unexpectedly delicate touch
The gorilla appears to be inspired by the camera and takes a few close ups and profile shots. When his keeper calls to him, he shoots a picture of him and then, upon request, throws the box to him.
The Durrell Wildlife Conservation trust is a ray of sunshine in the world of endangered species. Although not located in the United States, its reach is everywhere and a number of Americans are loving patrons and supporters. To learn more, visit http://www.durrell.org/How-to-help/Adopt/.