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The Bigfella
04-21-2019, 12:17 AM
Anti-poaching ranger with some endangered mountain gorillas

https://www.abc.net.au/news/image/11034138-3x2-940x627.jpg

An anti-poaching ranger in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has described his striking selfie with a pair of endangered mountain gorillas as "just another day in the office".

Virunga National Park anti-poaching ranger Mathieu Shamavu posted his selfie with the two gorillas on Facebook as part of his units' efforts to raise awareness and funds for the species at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

The image, featuring the two gorillas standing upright and looking at the camera, has grabbed international attention on social media, bringing the plight of the species into the spotlight.

According to the Virunga National Park website, one third of the world's population of critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the region.

The park is protected by a team of more than 600 rangers, and is situated in a region of the country which has been impacted by war for more than 20 years.

"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," the website says.

Facebook users thanked the rangers for their work protecting the species, with many donating money.

lupussonic
04-21-2019, 04:20 AM
Amazing photo, amazing animals. All power to those men and women who protect such wonderful animals from ignorant violent bipedal trophy hunters.

isla
04-21-2019, 04:34 AM
Great photo, thanks Ian. And what Lupussonic said.

skuthorp
04-21-2019, 07:35 AM
Speaking of selfies.
A man and his 5 year old son were drowned today in Sth Australia. They were down on a rock shelf in knee deep water trying for a selfie with a big wave in the background……...

And further east a father and son lifesaver team crewing a RIB were also drowned attempting to save a tourist who was doing the same thing. Tourist survived, being rescued by a helicopter.

I was sailing, and the sea was not friendly. You had to keep your wits about you. Not a good day to be on the water actually.

Garret
04-21-2019, 07:36 AM
A powerful photo. Thanks for posting it.

Jim Mahan
04-21-2019, 07:53 AM
The gorilla near the fence looks like like he's taking a leak. The other gorilla looks like he's holding it, waiting his turn at the fence.

SKIP KILPATRICK
04-21-2019, 08:08 AM
That is one.of the best photos of the year!

Old Dryfoot
04-21-2019, 11:43 AM
I watched Anthropocene: The Human Epoch last night, in that context, this one of the saddest photos I've seen posted here.

Glen Longino
04-21-2019, 12:13 PM
Those are not real gorillas...you heard it here first!