Cactus Gallery LA
Gorilla by artist Leon Loucher
Acrylic on canvas, 16” x 20”
Gorillas are the largest living primates and share 98.3% of their genetic code with humans, making them our closest cousins after chimpanzees and bonobos.
All species (and sub-species) of gorilla are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. Now, over 100,000 western lowland gorillas are thought to exist in the wild, with 4,000 in zoos; eastern lowland gorillas have a population of under 5,000 in the wild and 24 in zoos.
Mountain gorillas are the most severely endangered, with an estimated population of about 880 left in the wild and none in zoos. Threats to gorilla survival include habitat destruction, poaching for the bushmeat trade and most recently, the Ebola virus.
Conservation efforts by WWF, other organizations and governments are making a difference for gorillas. New protected areas are being designated for some gorilla populations, and the population of mountain gorillas has seen an increase in recent years.
Leon will donate all proceeds from this sale to the Jane Goodall Institute.
This piece was created during a live painting exhibition at Leon’s kid’s school. He was accompanied by a drummer and cellist who are also parents at the school. He finished it up at his home thereafter.