Published: Thu, April 25, 2019
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Anti-poaching ranger's extraordinary selfies with two gorillas that look nearly HUMAN

Anti-poaching ranger's extraordinary selfies with two gorillas that look nearly HUMAN

Two gorillas have been photographed posing for a relaxed selfie with the rangers who rescued them as babies.

Virunga National Park anti-poaching ranger Mathieu Shamavu posted his selfie with the two gorillas on Facebook as part of his units' efforts to raise awareness and funds for the species at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

The latest photo that was uploaded on Facebook gathered more than 12 thousand likes and 14 thousand shares.

The park's deputy director told BBC Newsday that they "had learned to imitate their carers, who have looked after them since they were found" thinking the rangers "as their parents", the report said.

It confirmed that the photo is real, that most primates are comfortable walking upright.

While the selfie shows the lighter side of being a ranger, it can be a unsafe job.

Those "gals", named Ndakazi and Ndeze, have been living at Senkwekwe Sanctuary in Virunga National Park since infancy.

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This photo, it said, was an exceptional circumstance, and gorillas should not be approached in the wild.

They were just two and four months old at the time. While gorillas can be risky to humans and have be known to kill, a strong bond has formed between the critically endangered primates and the Virgunga park rangers.

Conserving Virunga's unbelievable wildlife is a constant challenge for the Park and our work wouldn't be possible without your support.

Last year was a good year for gorilla population in the area, Virunga chief warden Emmanuel de Merode said on their website, stating there had been a "steady growth".

In April of 2018, five park rangers and one driver were killed in an ambush in Virunga.

"Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky", the caption reads, "so this was the flawless shot of their true personalities!"

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