Now Open | Free admission
This gallery exhibition offers guests an intimate look into the lives of mountain gorillas through the lens of renowned nature photographer Bob Campbell, who captured Dian Fossey’s groundbreaking research with these highly intelligent and endangered animals. Visitors can learn about Fossey’s legacy with photos of her in the field including historic first contact between gorillas and humans. Videos and audio recordings showcase the behavior of mountain gorillas today.
- Observe 27 of Campbell’s high-resolution photographs capturing mountain gorilla behavior at The Karisoke Research Center.
- An interactive touch-screen table displays pictures, videos and audio recordings of mountain gorillas in the wild.
- A display case contains two 3D-printed gorilla skull models created by the University of Florida department of anthropology.
- Mountain gorillas’ natural habitat is limited to just four national parks located in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
- Gorillas share more than 98% of their DNA with humans.
- Mature male mountain gorillas are called silverbacks because of the white or silver hair across their backs. They act as the dominant member of their social group and define their territory and routine.
This exhibition is a collaboration with the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries. Except where noted, all items are from the library’s Bob Campbell Papers.
Digital photographs, videos and audio recordings are courtesy of The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International.