Photographer's Note

I have posted this picture for two reasons;

This picture represents the culmination of a dream. A moment that I had daydreamed about since a child, resulting in a trek through jungle scraping and cutting arms, at times crawling, heart beating excitedly, finally emerging to this scene.

Estimates place the world's mountain gorilla population somewhere just over 700. In the wild they are limited to two small areas, one in Uganda and the other straddling Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The portion of the second part that lies in Uganda is known as the Mgahinga National Park.

Access to the gorillas is carefully controlled. In Mgahinga only 6 people can visit each day and contact with the gorillas is limited to 1 hour. Visitors are accompanied by 6 armed escorts and trackers and the group may trek anything up to 8 hours to find them.

Just over 6 months ago this gorilla and it's family disappeared from Magahinga. It was feared that they were taken or poached. A couple of weeks ago they reappeared..... so this photo is a celebration as well.

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Additional Photos by Katrina Wait (karina) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 210 W: 9 N: 225] (1109)
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