Silver Back Male Mountain Gorilla, Gorilla gorilla beringei, Kwitonda Group. This is the leader of the family and the group is named after him. This is a group of 22 individuals including 2 other young silverbacks.The alpha Silver Back leads the family through the jungle and has mating rights with all the females. Kinigi, Volcanoes National Park, also known as Virunga National Park, Rwanda, East Africa.
(Featured in World Wildlife Photography & others.)
Visitors are allowed one hour with the Gorillas under very strict supervision, As the animals move through the jungle the people follow.
The gorillas are still highly endangered, although the populations are on the increase. They only live in this one region which straddles the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Congo, an area which has seen more than its fair share of war, genocide and poaching in recent times.