Jun 17 2011
Breakfast with a Gorilla – Rwanda Mountain Gorilla PhotosHi Readers, It sure has been some time since my last post. I’ve been working on a number of different projects this year which have been keeping me very busy. But finally I am able to steal some time to start blogging again and herewith is the first new post of so many that are overdue. I was part way with writing this blog post when I got interrupted by Lunar Eclipses and other things, so finally I have gotten back to finishing this post. My wife and I did an extensive journey through Africa towards the end of 2010 and one of our stops was Rwanda with the sole purpose of trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas. Seeing the Gorillas has been a life long dream for both of us, for me the dream started the day I saw “Gorillas in the Mist” as a teenager and is one of those binding memories that has stayed with me for life. Seeing the Gorilla’s is one of those bucket list things that sadly for many people gets put on the back burner for too long but not getting any younger ourselves we decided we had to make it happen. This particular image featured in this post was from our 3rd day trekking the Gorilla’s. This morning we visited the Hirwa Group meaning “Lucky”. Hirwa came into the lime light on the 17th of June 2006 when trackers witnessed its formation. Two gorillas transfered from group 13 and Sabyinyo and joined the then very small Hirwa group. As luck would have it other gorillas joined them as well and created the group. Despite being the newest group on the block, Hirwa exhibits strength and holds its own amongst all the other established groups. The Hirwa group recently grew in numbers with the birth of twins in March this year and is most definitely proving to be a very strong family. When we arrived at the group they were very much having Siesta time but not long after our arrival some of the youngsters started playing and some of the older Gorilla’s awoke and continued with their eating activities. At this time of year the Bamboo shoots are plenty and Gorilla’s are just suckers for Bamboo shoots. This female picked this spot away from the playful youngsters and sat peacefully eating her Bamboo breakfast and the moment was captured. This photo was featured today on the acclaimed Earthshots.org web site and I’d like to thank Earthshots for the selection, it’s a special image to me and it’s wonderful to have it recognised. I’ll be covering more of our Gorilla treks in Rwanda in a lot more detail with a lot more images.
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