Just Hanging out, Hero anti-poaching rangers share incredible selfies casually hanging out with gorillas

by FariedaApril 24, 2019

Anti-poaching rangers have shared a series of incredible selfies posing and relaxing with the gorillas they risked their lives to protect.

The heart-warming snaps were taken at Congo’s Virunga National Park on Thursday, days after one ranger died in the line of action.

At least 600 rangers work at the safari to protect the animals that can weigh up to a staggering 180 kilos, The Sun reported. Describing their work on their website, the park said it has been “deeply” impacted by war and armed conflict over the last 20 years. In total, around 1790 rangers have died trying to save the lives of gorillas.



Proud to stand next to the survivors, in one selfie, a young man contains a grin, as he stands next to a gorilla on its legs, appearing very much like a human. The animals appear to lean back and shrug their shoulders, with one leaning forward to make sure its entire head can be seen in the selfie. The snap captioned “family time” generated thousands of likes on Facebook. Another photo shared immediately after showed another ranger kneeling down, with a gorilla leaning on him in bid to get right in the shot.



Beside the photo captioned, “another day at the office”, and Facebook user commented: “Wow, that is an amazing office you’ve got there. “Stay safe and thank you for the amazing work you do.”

The photo’s come after one man died on March 29, after he was attacked by a hippo. And just days later, another ranger was struck by lightning. In order to become a ranger at the park, prospective staff must complete an extensive six month training regimen. The park said on its website: “These local men and women go through intensive training, risking their lives on a daily basis to safeguard the park’s exceptional wildlife, including the last of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.” The safari park was launched back in 1925 and is among the first protected areas in Africa. In 2013, it was estimated that at least six mountain gorilla families, worth 100 gorillas lived in the area.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8905841/rangers-poaching-selfie-virunga-national-park-congo/


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