Gorilla Finder

See what the rangers see!

 

Mount Mikeno greets us dressed in her morning clouds.

Mount Mikeno greets us dressed in her morning clouds.

 

The sounds of the forest envelop the group as we enter.

The sounds of the forest envelop the group as we enter.

 

The rangers can see that the gorillas are close. A pile of leaves and sticks marks a fresh nest from the prior evening.

The rangers can see that the gorillas are close. A pile of leaves and sticks marks a fresh nest from the prior evening.

 

Our first encounter is the blackback Bageni. He circles the family searching for danger.

Our first encounter is the blackback Bageni. He circles the family searching for danger.

 

The silverback of the group reminds us to stay at a distance. No need to disturb the little ones in their home.

The silverback of the group reminds us to stay at a distance. No need to disturb the little ones in their home.

 

We spy a group of young gorillas at play through the trees.

We spy a group of young gorillas at play through the trees.

 

Satisfied with our adventure, we turn to leave and say goodbye to Bageni on our departure.

Satisfied with our adventure, we turn to leave and say goodbye to Bageni on our departure.

 

Finding the silverback Kabirizi is today's goal. A handheld GPS device is used to document recent gorilla sightings.

Finding the silverback Kabirizi is today's goal. A handheld GPS device is used to document recent gorilla sightings.

 

A mountain of a gorilla calmly stares as we emerge from the dense overgrowth.

A mountain of a gorilla calmly stares as we emerge from the dense overgrowth.

 

He turns to proudly display his silver back gleaming in the sunlight.

He turns to proudly display his silver back gleaming in the sunlight.

 

We watch as he gracefully strides to one of his children playing in the trees.

We watch as he gracefully strides to one of his children playing in the trees.

 

The little ones climb and swing for play as well as for finding tasty vegetation.

The little ones climb and swing for play as well as for finding tasty vegetation.

 

Kabirizi sits back and enjoys watching his children learn and grow.

Kabirizi sits back and enjoys watching his children learn and grow.

 

While we are trekking past the base of Mount Mikeno, Innocent spots a baby through the leaves. He quickly and silently produces a video camera to capture the moment.

While we are trekking past the base of Mount Mikeno, Innocent spots a baby through the leaves. He quickly and silently produces a video camera to capture the moment.

 

Mutazimiza is enjoying a lonely lunch of stems and leaves.

Mutazimiza is enjoying a lonely lunch of stems and leaves.

 

We sit and watch as Miza gnaws hungrily on a shoot of bamboo.

We sit and watch as Miza gnaws hungrily on a shoot of bamboo.

 

Miza pops one last leaf as she notices our prying eyes.

Miza pops one last leaf as she notices our prying eyes.

 

She puts down her food and poses for Innocent...

She puts down her food and poses for Innocent...

 

...Before slowly fading back into the forest.

...Before slowly fading back into the forest.

 

Sometimes visitors arrive when we least expect them - during our lunch!

Sometimes visitors arrive when we least expect them - during our lunch!

 

Bonane and his brother claim our camp for some shady relaxation.

Bonane and his brother claim our camp for some shady relaxation.

 

Before long, Kwibesha starts tickling his older brother in friendly play.

Before long, Kwibesha starts tickling his older brother in friendly play.

 

Bonane breaks away and finds a tasty meal of leaves. Apparently it's his lunchtime as well!

Bonane breaks away and finds a tasty meal of leaves. Apparently it's his lunchtime as well!

 

We spy more gorillas having a meal. Ruzuzi chews hard on a piece of bamboo...

We spy more gorillas having a meal. Ruzuzi chews hard on a piece of bamboo...

 

...While Kwibesha goes after a smaller and more manageable stem.

...While Kwibesha goes after a smaller and more manageable stem.

 

Tumaini was the last one eating, taking his time to break apart the bamboo into easy to chew morsels.

Tumaini was the last one eating, taking his time to break apart the bamboo into easy to chew morsels.