A video of a boy sharing pictures with a gorilla resurfaced this week, most likely in response to the gorilla incident in Cincinnati.
This beautiful moment, captured on camera, shows a young man looking at gorilla images on his phone and showing them to a captive gorilla at the Louisville Zoo. The gorilla sits next to the man, with nothing but the wall of glass between them, and appears to take great interest in the images.
The person who posted the video nine months ago, has posted an update recently in hopes to dispel some of the controversy concerning zoos. He notes that the Louisville Zoo has an award winning 4 acre gorilla habitat, and if people are concerned with protection of critically endangered species, they can read more about the conservation efforts put forth by the zoo.
The Western Lowland gorilla is currently classified as critically endangered, and although their exact numbers are unknown, it is estimated their population has fallen more than 60% in the last two decades.
Organizations such as the World Wildlife Fund are working to develop sustainable practices and ecotourism in the areas where the lowland gorilla are most at risk. Even in the best case scenario, it would take more than 75 years for the wild gorilla population to recover to a healthy, sustainable number.