This is Vuba - one of the silverbacks that lives with the Kuriama family of gorillas in the volcanoes national park in Rwanda. He was just starting to beat his chest in this image - a gesture aimed at the female gorilla on the far right who was sitting in his spot. The sound they make when beating their chests is loud and quite dramatic and the female moved pretty quickly although she had a rather mournful expression on her face. Vuba was born in August 1993 and is the second in charge silverback of the Kuriamas. In fact for all his bravado he was forced from his favourite spot only minutes later by the dominant silverback and quickly slinked off to another spot. #gorilla#gorillatrekking#rwanda#africa#wildlifephotography#conservation#virungas#silverbackgorilla#silverback#adventure
We had the once-in-a-lifetime privilege of tracking a family of mountain gorillas in Parc National des Volcans, Rwanda. After spending 2 or so hours hiking through deep jungle, we arrived at the family we had been designated for the day. One hour, to the minute, was the time we were allowed to be with these critically endangered giants. It was a surreal time, watching the human-like qualities of the gorillas, while the babies swung around and just played in front of us. Very non-threatening, in fact more welcoming than anything - especially when they walked closer to us, and the Silverback almost brushed past us. Incredible. We need to save these gentle giants and it seems like their numbers are increasing.