Endangered mountain gorillas 'pose' for selfie with rangers

Pablo Tucker
April 25, 2019

The picture was taken at Virunga National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These amusing photos were taken at the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and shared on the Facebook page for The Elite AntiPoaching Units And Combat Trackers.

De Waal said the reason gorillas imitate human behavior is "not because they think it is fun" but because "they identify with those who take care of them". Just take a look at these Gorillas striking a pose like pros for a selfie.

Virunga National Park, the land the sanctuary is situated within, posted on Instagram that it is a "cheeky" example of the gorillas mocking humans.


Many wondered if the photo was real and the park clarified how the gorillas were much at ease in presence of humans.

The park revealed earlier this month on their Facebook page that two of their rangers had died due to the "force of nature", as they put it.

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

"It's very curious to see how a gorilla can imitate a human and stand up", he said.


Innocent Mburanumwe, deputy director of Virunga, said that the gorillas' mothers were both killed in July 2007.

The national park is world-famous for its population of rare gorillas.

Five rangers were killed in the park previous year in an ambush by suspected rebels, and more than 130 park rangers have been killed in Virunga since 1996.

It confirmed that the photo is real, that most primates are comfortable walking upright. (Courtesy: Caters News Agency) It tells the story of four characters fighting to protect the park and its inhabitants - the world's last mountain gorillas - from a war fueled by internationally backed oil exploration.


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