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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.


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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thank you Ray

    – Carole-Anne

  • Macky
    Mackyover 2 years ago

    Stirs the emotions Carole-Anne, beautifully captured!!

  • Thank you Macky

    – Carole-Anne

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesover 2 years ago

    Just brilliant

  • Thank you Chris

    – Carole-Anne

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • Thank you Ann

    – Carole-Anne

  • Neville Jones
    Neville Jonesover 2 years ago

    AWESOME! I will be there in September. Any tips? :-)

  • Thank you.

    Yes – book for 2 consecutive days in case one is not so good. After making the effort to go all that way it is well worth staying and extra day and paying for a second visit. Take lots of imaghes!!! As if I need to tell you. The jungle can often be very dark, so be prepared for that. I found darker images with lower ISOs were better than brighter images with higher ISOs, as the darker ones could be fixed in the computer, but the higher ISOs were often very noisy, especially in the darker parts of the image. All of this may very well depend on your equipment. If you have 2 cameras take them both with different lenses, so you can just grab what you need, you won’t have time to change lenses: the gorillas move on very quickly and you are often rushing after them, but still having to stay a minimum of 15 feet away from them. There are times however when they approach you and you are already standing against a stand of bamboo with no-where to go – just keep shooting!!!!! Good luck! – It is an absolutely fantastic experience.

    – Carole-Anne

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiover 2 years ago

    Beautiful and Touching!

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  • Thank you Laura

    – Carole-Anne

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/05/20 2 Images per day
    Excellent capture!

  • Thank you Magaret

    – Carole-Anne

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesover 2 years ago

    2012/05/30 1 Image per day

  • Thank you Magaret

    – Carole-Anne

  • Evita
  • Thank you Evita

    – Carole-Anne

  • DarthIndy
    DarthIndyover 2 years ago

    Beautiful portrait.

  • Thank you !!!

    – Carole-Anne

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