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When the gorillas came visiting....

09/02/2012 11:38:09
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Just occasionally the mountain gorillas pay a visit.

Bwindi Impenetrable Park gorillas

February 2012. In December 2011 the guests at a tented campsite in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Park had a major surprise when they got up early for breakfast. Rather than having to go trekking through the mountainous jungle to look for a family of gorillas, the gorillas had come to visit them in their camp. 

The video shows a whole family of mountain gorillas, including a silverback and several youngsters, wandering through the camp. They then decide to check out one of the guests who, much to his credit, sits stock still while several gorillas 'groom' his hair with a 400lb silverback sitting just a metre behind him. 

Mountain Gorilla Conservation.
The key activity that has helped preserve the Mountain gorillas is tourism. The money that they bring into the local communities is by far and away their largest source of income, which in turn means that they instantly have a very large interest in preserving these animals. Every visitor, apart from the park fees, stays in hotels, eats and drinks, and tips the guides (well most anyway). So how can you help protect them? Easy; visit the mountain gorillas; they need visitors, and the experience never short-changes.

If you would like to donate some money towards the Mountain gorillas survival, we recommend the International Gorilla Conservation Programme or the Congo Rangers. 

Well worth a watch. 

Comment on the location and tell us what you saw there

NOTHING could better this.

Wow you are so lucky fantastic moments .Must have been so hard to sit so still,at least you had someone to tell you what was behind you. I hope this can be used to reach a much wider audience to promote these beautiful gentle creatures.

Posted by: linda bray | 13 Feb 2012 22:09:09

Once in a Lifetime......

This is one of those very rare 'Wow!' moments which have the power to change our perception of the wild world that we know so little about.

I hope this little encounter makes the plight of these magnificent characters an internationally important conservation issue. They are special beyond the meaning of the word.

Posted by: Kev Coleman | 13 Feb 2012 21:21:21

Incredibile!

I'm wandering what the gorilla family might have felt to be in such a close-intimate experience with humans?! Surely it must have been an extraordinary feeling for those lucky men,hopefully it was amazing for both ....for once.....

Posted by: Mirko Macinai | 11 Feb 2012 20:16:46

Leotony

What a lucky lucky man, no-one else in the world will have had such an intimate experience.
We travelled almost 5 hours to find the Habinyanja Group in Bwindi, then 3 hours back.
We stayed at Kitandara Tented Camp in Buhoma Village in August 2011, looks just like this place.
A fearless man with magnificent beasts, the black T shirt is a winner.......I'm going back soon!

Posted by: tony proud | 10 Feb 2012 19:57:59

Breakfast Invitation.

`Honey`, I forgot to mention`, I`ve invited the Gorilla family to join us for breakfast in the morning.. `OH`, and don`t bother combing your Hair..
But seriously guys, it must have been an amazing experience,",A Once In A Life Time ". Fantastic..

Posted by: Robert McLoughlin | 10 Feb 2012 14:52:03

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