"Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal." Samuel Richardson.    Sitting on the forest floor, just me, the gorillas, and a couple of rangers in the background this gentle giant allowed me the priveledge of looking directly into his eyes. A memory that is thankfully imprinted for years to come and one that gives new meaning to Samuel's quote. Taken at Kahuzi-Beiga - one of the last Grauer's Gorillas remaining today.

Great Apes

Primates

4 of 5 Great Ape species are critically endangered.

Many African great ape populations are found in West and Central Africa where minerals, oil, gas and corruption is plentiful. Stability is rare and Poverty is the norm. All of these make conservation difficult if not impossible. Big international companies build roads deep in the forest in search of the riches that gas, oil and minerals bring - all aiding in habitat loss, and the illegal pet and bushmeat trade.

The photos below feature two of the species - the Mountain Gorilla which is found in Uganda, Congo, DR and Rwanda. The Grauer’s Gorilla’s found only in the Congo, DR and the most critically endangered of all the Great Apes with numbers dropping 77% in the last 20 years alone.

 "Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal." Samuel Richardson.    Sitting on the forest floor, just me, the gorillas, and a couple of rangers in the background this gentle giant allowed me the priveledge of looking directly into his eyes. A memory that is thankfully imprinted for years to come and one that gives new meaning to Samuel's quote. Taken at Kahuzi-Beiga - one of the last Grauer's Gorillas remaining today.

"Where words are restrained, the eyes often talk a great deal." Samuel Richardson. Sitting on the forest floor, just me, the gorillas, and a couple of rangers in the background this gentle giant allowed me the priveledge of looking directly into his eyes. A memory that is thankfully imprinted for years to come and one that gives new meaning to Samuel's quote. Taken at Kahuzi-Beiga - one of the last Grauer's Gorillas remaining today.

Grauer's Gorilla

Grauer's Gorilla

Kahuzi-Beiga National Park, DRC

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Bonane

Bonane

Bonane, a 16 y/o Grauer’s silverback

Primal

Primal

Kahuzi-Beiga National Park, RDC Primal is the word that comes to mind when I look at this image of Bonane, a 16 y/o Grauer's Gorilla

 Kahuzi-Biega Biega NP - New mom and 1 wk old infant eastern lowland gorillas from the Bonane family

Kahuzi-Biega Biega NP - New mom and 1 wk old infant eastern lowland gorillas from the Bonane family

 One of an estimated 3-4K remaining on this planet today. This pic was taken while trekking at Kahuzi-Biega National Park in southern Kivu - the only place you can see them.

One of an estimated 3-4K remaining on this planet today. This pic was taken while trekking at Kahuzi-Biega National Park in southern Kivu - the only place you can see them.

 Virunga National Park, DRC.   A little quite time with an adult female mountain gorilla from the Humba family of Virunga.

Virunga National Park, DRC. A little quite time with an adult female mountain gorilla from the Humba family of Virunga.

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Mona

Mona

A beautiful female from the Humba family - a fav of mine for her calm disposition and seemingly model poses when the camera is near

Little Tarzan

Little Tarzan

A toddler from the Humba family swings from the vinery

Humba Family

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, Noel, an older female sits away from the rest of the familytaking a break from the very active juveniles and toddlers who seem to never stop playing

Nykamwe Family

Nykamwe Family

A new mom and her sister shield a 4 -5 week old infant from a very rambunctious toddler