Friday, April 20, 2018

RWANDA ~ Gorilla Twins - Volcanoes National Park ~

... A FanTasTic postcard... and a true little gem💚 for my National Park collection... Rwanda, "the land of a thousand hills" is one of the only places in the world where these primates can be seen in the wild, and where humans can get up close to them... gorillas are some of the most powerful and striking animals, not only for their size and force, but also for their gentle human like behavior...  Mountain Gorilla trekking is one of the most moving wildlife experiences in the world... although they remain among the most critically endangered animals on the planet (poaching was once a big problem)... the country has worked hard to stop it... because the gorillas are a better long-term economic opportunity for the country when they’re alive... Thanks a million Karen!! (✿ ♥‿♥)

"There is more meaning and mutual understanding in exchanging a glance with a gorilla than with any other animal I know." 
                                                           Sir David Attenborough
Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park today has a number of 10 habituated gorilla groups for visitors to see. Gorillas do not stay in the same spot, they usually climb higher up the mountain in the dry season, and descend in the wet season. Adult males weigh up to 200kg, with females around half this size. Can reach a height of 1.2-1.7 meters when standing on 2 feet.

Volcanoes National Park runs along the border with the DRC and Uganda, in northwestern Rwanda covering an area of about 125sq km area and is the oldest national park in Africa.

This National Park is home to Mountain Gorilla, golden monkeys, Spotted Hyena, buffaloes, elephants, black-fronted duiker and bushbuck. The park also harbors 178 bird species including at least 29 endemics to Rwenzori mountains and the Virungas.


 (Issued 15-11-2010)

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