A truly special bond; Gorillas Pose with Anit-Poaching Rangers
Gorillas from the Virunga National Park in Congo posed with Anti-Poaching Rangers in a extraordinary set of selfies.
More than 600 dedicated anti-poaching rangers work hard to keep the gorillas safe. But their work is more than just patrolling.
One of the images, posted on Facebook, shows two extremely human-like gorillas standing upright, totally casual behind one of the Rangers.
Another image shows one of the unit-poaching rangers cuddling and hugging with a small gorilla.
The images, which have already been shared across all social networks have gained fame and have been shared, liked, and retweeted tens of thousands of times.
Virunga, a true beauty
The park, located in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo was founded in 1925 by Belgian colonial authorities in 1925 and covers more than 8,000 square miles. Virunga is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the continent’s most biologically diverse protected area.
The above image, captioned “Family Portrait”, shows park ranger Patrick Sadiki as he ‘casually hangs out’ with Ndakasi and Matabishi.
A territory ravaged by war
According to the National Park’s website, the area where the gorillas live has been a dangerous zone, ravaged by wars and armed conflicts for at least twenty years.
But despite the dangers, more than 600 dedicated rangers work hard to preserve the wildlife of the park.
WORDS TO LIVE BY- SAGESSE INTEMPORELLEFrom a Virunga National Park ranger, translated from the French:"When one is…
“Virunga is protected by a dedicated team of over 600 rangers. These local men and women go through intensive training, risking their lives on a daily basis to safeguard the park’s exceptional wildlife, including the last of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas,” a statement on the Park’s website reads.
ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE…Photo: Ranger Mathieu Shamavu (c)NOTE: UNAUTHORIZED USE OF THIS PHOTO WILL BE REPORTED TO FACEBOOK
Perhaps surprisingly, the recently-published images show how great gorillas and rangers get along.
The above image is perhaps the most widely shared one. It was captioned “Another Day at the Office”, and features one of the anti-poaching rangers as he takes a stunning selfie with two gorillas, Ndakasi and Matabishi.
The images are evidence of a special bond between the animals and the rangers who seem to be able to hang out like the best of pals, despite being located in the middle of war-torn areas.
Mai Mai, the greatest threat
The greatest threat to the park’s wildlife is a local terrorist group called the Mai Mai. In 2018 alone, the attacked a vehicle carrying tourists. One ranger was killed, and two British tourists were reportedly kidnapped.
In Aprils last year, six rangers were killed in an ambush, making the park become one of the most dangerous conservation projects anywhere in the world.
According to reports, more than 175 rangers have been killed defending the park and its animals in the past 20 years.