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Cheeky Atinbi

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

I found more information about Atinbi and her early life. Her story

is an incredible story...

Species: Gorilla Sex: Female Date of birth: March 3rd 2009 Capture date: captive born Location: Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon, Prague

Many of the lowland gorillas at Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon are orphans rescued after their parents were shot by poachers. Unlike her playmates, Atinbi is one of the lucky primates who was born in safety after her mother was given refuge and fortunately has not suffered the same horrible fate as the other gorillas.

The staff at the Limbe Wildlife Centre hope Atinbi will be a symbol replacing the sad stories of killed gorillas. Little Atinbi's name was given to her in memory of two other gorillas killed by poachers, which means 'replacement' in the local Bakweri language.

With kind permission of Photographer Petr Slavík, I was able to recapture her essence by using willow charcoal, charcoal powder and charcoal pencils. I absolutely love her cheekiness, her innocence and really feel a sense of hope for her future of our beautiful animal kingdom.

I will be making prints soon and I will be donating a percentage of the print sales to those who have helped save her mother at Limbe Wildlife Centre.

Original piece is for sale, click here

Pre-order your prints click here

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