“Colo the Gorilla” – Matted Print


“Colo the Gorilla”

Open Edition Photographic Print

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Meet Colo the gorilla. Before painting her portrait, Tim tried to mimic the blue and green strokes in one of Colo’s own paintings (you can watch Colo paint it on YouTube.) In January 2017, Colo passed away at the Columbus Zoo. Tim remembers thinking “Wow. I wonder how many lives this one individual impacted?”

The answer is a lot. At 60 years old, she is the longest lived gorilla in recorded history. We know that because she was the first gorilla in history to be born in captivity. Please, take that in for a moment. Her mother, Millie, was the first of her species to give birth under the care of another species (humans). The amount of man-hours, money, and effort that it took for this to be possible is truly mind-boggling.

You might be wondering, “Why should we have gorillas in captivity in the first place?” I believe it’s because we live in an unprecedented time on planet Earth.

Today, about 500 Western Lowland Gorillas like Colo reside in zoos around the world. Wild populations exist in just a few countries in Western Africa, a small portion of their former range. Here, they share their habitat with one of their closest relatives, Homo sapiens. Current population estimates are between 150-250 thousand individual gorillas. By comparison, in those same countries (Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and Congo) the human population is well over 100 million; a small fraction of the 7.5 billion humans that are to blame if this species goes extinct.

AZA accredited zoos, like the Columbus Zoo, are leaders in gorilla conservation. Through their educational programs, increasing genetic diversity, and through funding in-situ programs in Africa to curb illegal hunting, habitat fragmentation, and diseases like the ebola virus.

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Or Watch Colo Paint


“Colo the Gorilla”

Open Edition Photographic Print

– Kodak Professional Endura Premier Paper

– Image Dimensions : 5″ x 10″

– Mat Dimensions : 8″ x 14″

– Matted in Flat Black – White Core

– Comes in Crystal Clear Protective Sleeve

– Free Shipping





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