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Rwanda! Gorillas & More

Post 1 – Mountain Gorillas, Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda is doing a marvelous job protecting gorillas and their habitat. Our visits help fund the effort, strict rules apply. But we get close, feeling like we’ve been invited to their home. After a trek up the mountain, we get close to the location, grab our cameras and quietly enter the group.

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They play constantly (when they are not eating)

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The “twins” eating together peacefully, after a brief conflict on who goes first.
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Alpha male Silverback – huge. We don’t get too close to him.
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Sometimes they take a midday nap

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Male and 2 babies
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Sleeping baby, adorable
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They sometimes walk by you and give you a swat. It feels like a greeting. We also learned some communications to have with them.

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They do pay attention to us, studying us as much as we study them. They have many expressions. Sometimes they seem deep in thought.

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© Diane Kelsay
© Diane Kelsay

It’s fun to photograph them, doing what they do, in their space. Trackers follow the families so the guides know where to take us. And it keeps the poachers away. Families are spread all over the mountains.

We have a little space in both 2023 and 2024 – check out our calendar.

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