NYAKAMWE Silverback, Virunga National Park, DRC
NYAKAMWE Silverback, Virunga National Park, DRC

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A silverback from the Nyakamwe family playfully beats his chest to engage us.

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NYAKAMWE Family
NYAKAMWE Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A toddler laying next to one of the silverbacks takes a closer look at my camera while munching on bamboo

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Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A young gorilla from the Humba family who wanted to come closer to u shows off showing off by playfully beating his chest.

NYAKAMWE Family
NYAKAMWE Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO. An image of a 3-4 week infant from the NYAKAMWE family being held by her mother. 

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Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  An adult female enjoying a stalk of bamboo while the toddlers play nearby.

NYAKAMWE Family
NYAKAMWE Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. An adult female climbs a hill to find more bamboo while a young toddle tries to climb below.

Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A female acknowledges us while she holds one of the toddlers.

Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  A juvenile from the Humba family

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Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  A juvenile and toddler play wrestle with one another while we sit close by. The family was quite excited on this day as they were enjoying the bamboo - running, chest beating and playing while trying to engage us at every chance they got.

Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  A young adult female from the Humba family takes a rest from eating bamboo.

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Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. Noel, an older female sits away from the rest of the family - prob taking a break from the very active juveniles and toddlers who seem to never stop playing

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Humba Family
Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A juvenile from the Humba family engaging in some play with a younger gorilla

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Blue Monkey
Blue Monkey

Mikeno Lodge, RUMANGABO, EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, December 2015,    The forest surrounding the lodge is filled with Blue monkeys who effortlessly fly the tree tops. 

The Gorilla Massacre
The Gorilla Massacre

The cemetery pictured here is where the bodies of the 7 gorillas from the Rugendo family rest. 

On July 22, 2007, Virunga’s Park Rangers discovered the bodies of three female mountain gorillas- Mburanumwe, Neza, and Safari-and a 500-pound silverback, named Senkwekwe.  An infant was also found alive at the scene and was rescued.  All were from the Rugendo family, a group of critically endangered mountain gorillas that were often visited by the tourist to Virunga’s. In the weeks leading up to the discovery, the rangers found another female, Macibiri, who was shot execution style in the back of the head; her infant, was rescued by the rangers. 

The images of the tragedy were broadcast across the globe and sparked outreach at a global level. After appearing on the cover ofNewsweek the tragedy became known as the Mountain Gorilla Massacre.  

The killings were carried out in in retaliation for the rangers cracking down on the illegal charcoal mining near the gorillas habitat. You can read more about the illegal charcoal trade and other threats facing the gorillas and the park at virunga.org.

The two infants, now named Ndakasi and Ndeze are 9 y/o and reside at Virunga’s Senkwekwe Center, the worlds only facility that cares for orphaned mountain gorillas.  You can read more about Ndakasi and Ndeze at https://virunga.org/projects/gorilla-orphans/

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Colobus Monkey
Colobus Monkey

Mikeno Lodge, RUMANGABO, EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, December 2015.  One of the hundreds black and white colobus monkeys that live in the forest that surrounds the lodge. 

Chimpanzee
Chimpanzee

MIKENO LODGE, RUMANGABO, EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, December 2015. A chimpanzee from a troop of maybe 20 or so who came to the lodge to bed down in the forest tops.  

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NYAKAMWE Silverback, Virunga National Park, DRC
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Humba Family
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NYAKAMWE Silverback, Virunga National Park, DRC

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A silverback from the Nyakamwe family playfully beats his chest to engage us.

NYAKAMWE Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A toddler laying next to one of the silverbacks takes a closer look at my camera while munching on bamboo

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A young gorilla from the Humba family who wanted to come closer to u shows off showing off by playfully beating his chest.

NYAKAMWE Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO. An image of a 3-4 week infant from the NYAKAMWE family being held by her mother. 

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  An adult female enjoying a stalk of bamboo while the toddlers play nearby.

NYAKAMWE Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. An adult female climbs a hill to find more bamboo while a young toddle tries to climb below.

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A female acknowledges us while she holds one of the toddlers.

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  A juvenile from the Humba family

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  A juvenile and toddler play wrestle with one another while we sit close by. The family was quite excited on this day as they were enjoying the bamboo - running, chest beating and playing while trying to engage us at every chance they got.

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016.  A young adult female from the Humba family takes a rest from eating bamboo.

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. Noel, an older female sits away from the rest of the family - prob taking a break from the very active juveniles and toddlers who seem to never stop playing

Humba Family

BUKIMA, VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK, EASTERN CONGO, November 2016. A juvenile from the Humba family engaging in some play with a younger gorilla

Blue Monkey

Mikeno Lodge, RUMANGABO, EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, December 2015,    The forest surrounding the lodge is filled with Blue monkeys who effortlessly fly the tree tops. 

The Gorilla Massacre

The cemetery pictured here is where the bodies of the 7 gorillas from the Rugendo family rest. 

On July 22, 2007, Virunga’s Park Rangers discovered the bodies of three female mountain gorillas- Mburanumwe, Neza, and Safari-and a 500-pound silverback, named Senkwekwe.  An infant was also found alive at the scene and was rescued.  All were from the Rugendo family, a group of critically endangered mountain gorillas that were often visited by the tourist to Virunga’s. In the weeks leading up to the discovery, the rangers found another female, Macibiri, who was shot execution style in the back of the head; her infant, was rescued by the rangers. 

The images of the tragedy were broadcast across the globe and sparked outreach at a global level. After appearing on the cover ofNewsweek the tragedy became known as the Mountain Gorilla Massacre.  

The killings were carried out in in retaliation for the rangers cracking down on the illegal charcoal mining near the gorillas habitat. You can read more about the illegal charcoal trade and other threats facing the gorillas and the park at virunga.org.

The two infants, now named Ndakasi and Ndeze are 9 y/o and reside at Virunga’s Senkwekwe Center, the worlds only facility that cares for orphaned mountain gorillas.  You can read more about Ndakasi and Ndeze at https://virunga.org/projects/gorilla-orphans/

Colobus Monkey

Mikeno Lodge, RUMANGABO, EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, December 2015.  One of the hundreds black and white colobus monkeys that live in the forest that surrounds the lodge. 

Chimpanzee

MIKENO LODGE, RUMANGABO, EASTERN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, December 2015. A chimpanzee from a troop of maybe 20 or so who came to the lodge to bed down in the forest tops.  

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