Western Lowland Gorilla
6" X 36" Oil on Board
Matt was the father of a brand new baby, Alika and head of the family
group of Western Lowland Gorillas at the Sedgwick County Zoo in
Wichita KS. He was 23 years old when I met him. There was another
baby on the way at the time with the other breeding female in his harem.
I don’t know if he was aware of that yet, but she likely was from the way
she was nesting alone. Matt seemed every bit the proud protective father
and would sometimes throw himself again the glass to assert himself.
Then he would rest again somewhere else, all the while keeping his eyes