Heartwarming selfie captures endangered mountain gorillas kicking back with human pals

Rodiano Bonacci
Апреля 22, 2019

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.

Virunga, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has 600 dedicated rangers and two of them snapped the heartwarming series of selfies.

In one particularly hilarious photo, the gorillas, named Ndakasi and Matabishi, stood upright and looked straight into the camera.

The latest picture, posted on Thursday, garnered over 12 thousand likes and 14 thousand shares on Facebook.

"Simply stunning photo. Thank you for sharing & proving we can all live peacefully together", one person commented.

"You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick's incredible selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park".

It is Africa's oldest national park and is also the continent's most biologically diverse protected area. While gorillas can be unsafe to humans and have be known to kill, a strong bond has formed between the critically endangered primates and the Virgunga park rangers.

They are all from local Congolese towns and villages and need support to continue their vital work.

All of the rangers go through an extensive six-month training regime to become guardians of the park.

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