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On my recent trip to Uganda, we went gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the southwestern part of the country. There are three gorilla families living in the park that have been habituated to tolerate relatively close human observation. Every day, up to six tourists are permitted to view each of the families for 45 minutes.

There were four of us with a ranger and three armed guards. Two trackers had gone ahead to the place where the gorillas had last been seen the day before. We walked for about an hour and half (uphill in the mud) before meeting up with the trackers. We then left the trail and walked for another 15 or 20 minutes through the bush to reach a family of one silverback, three females, and a couple of babies.

This sub-adult, aged nine years and nine months, sat calmly in this tree about 10 or 12 feet from us, eating leaves and watching us watch her.

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