This friendship was chronicled in a book that I wrote along with my young daughter and a conservationist Dr. Paula Kahumbu who now runs Richard Leakey's WildlifeDirect. But it was Peter's stunning photographs that really told the story. Peter was dating Paula at the time and serendipitously had his camera on the ready to capture every extraordinary moment of the fable-like relationship that developed between these wonderful beasts. If Peter hadn't been there to take pictures no one would believe it was true. Peter also shot and directed a 25 minute documentary on Owen and Mzee that can be seen online at owenandmzee.com.
Two years later Peter once again captured amazing photos of a family of mountain gorillas in Kenya shortly after the Gorilla Massacres the horror of which flooded the covers of Newsweek, National Geographic and other international newspapers and magazines. One young female mountain gorilla named Miza was a member of the a 23 gorilla-strong troop, under the protection of a magnificent silverback named Kabirizi, was separated from her family amid all of the confusion. Kabirizi disappeared from his troop for several days only to return with little Miza in hand. Miza's mother, named Lessinjina, was presumably part of the massacre but her body was never found. With no mother to raise her Miza's care was undertaken by a half sister -- a very unusual situation to say the least.