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I didn’t think it would be this easy.
I mean, in the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t, you know, easy easy.
Getting here required repeated negotiations with high-level contacts in rebel General Laurent Nkunda’s army, and then with the general himself.
It required driving an hour and a half outside the city to a UN base in the foothills of the Mikeno volcano, followed by an hour’s steep hike to the rebel base farther up the volcano.
And it required another hour-plus hike just after dawn to get to the edge of the national park. All while being hurried along by rebel soldiers with big guns and spears who were terrified we’d miss our chance.
But then the overgrown fields ended abruptly in a shock of thick forest, and here we are. And there they are.
An entire family of mountain gorillas. Just hanging out, in the trees, and in the brush beneath them.
They look exactly like gorillas.
It feels completely unreal.
Their black fur contrasts starkly with the bright green foliage, and yet recedes into the dark shadows of the dense forest...
Filed under: Planet in Peril
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