It's been more than a decade since Djalta and Bimms, two western lowland gorillas born at a wildlife park in England, were released from captivity to live free in the jungles of West Africa. But even after all those years, with the setting of their upbringing so distant from the wilderness in which they live now, the bonds of affection they forged with the people who raised them have yet to be broken.
Djalta and Bimms are two of the dozens of gorillas who were raised by conservationist Damian Aspinall at the Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent. He released them into the wild in 2003.
Aspinall considers the animals members of his family, so naturally his own children became acquainted with the gorillas at an early age. Aspinall's eldest daughter, Tansy, was just 18 months old when she met Djalta and Bimms, laying the foundation for a friendship that hasn't been forgotten.