An anti-poaching ranger in Congo snapped a gorilla selfie and the Internet went ape


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Sometimes, things in the world can seem pretty dark. Generally, when we turn on the news, most of the time, it’s terrible. Of course, there are other times when things happen like the gorilla selfie we’re talking about today, and you remember that no matter what, there’s good in the world yet.

CONGO

Our story takes place in Congo, Africa. Congo is a beautiful place that’s filled with beautiful people. Take for example the people who work at Virunga National Park.

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Photo of people who work for the park. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

Unfortunately, in the Congo, there are also evil people as well. Which means there are many different conflicts in the region including wars, poverty, and poaching.

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A mama and her baby in the Congo. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

Those conflicts make life in the Congo challenging at times both for the people that live there as well as certain amazing animals — including the mountain gorilla.

POACHING

Unfortunately, because you can sell gorilla meat for food, and other gorilla parts for traditional medicine — poaching has become a severe issue for the Mountain Gorillas that live in the Congo.

Poaching has led to the near extinction of these amazing animals in the past.

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These Gorillas live relatively safe lives thanks to the Rangers. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

However, and here’s where the good news starts, anti-poaching rangers have helped to turn things around. Every Ranger undergoes some incredibly intense training — and their jobs are terribly dangerous.

RANGERS

Sadly, so far, a total of 179 rangers have lost their lives in the line of duty protecting the Congo’s natural resources at the park.

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The gorilla’s take every opportunity to thank the people that saved them. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

Understand, though, that these dedicated rangers willingly put their lives on the line to save these beautiful creatures. As you can see in the photo above, the job is not without some rewards.

For example, thanks to the Ranger’s dedication, the mountain gorilla population reached over 1,000 in 2018.

GORILLA SELFIE

Now, as you go through Virunga National Park’s Facebook page, one thing becomes evident — the gorillas at the park are incredibly grateful.

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Grateful gorillas abound. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

Which brings us to the main feature of our story today. One ranger, a man named Mathieu Shamavu managed to capture a gorilla selfie that made the internet go ape wild.

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It’s not hard to see why this gorilla selfie went viral so quickly. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

Guaranteed, when you look at something like this — a moment of brevity in such a dangerous place, it puts things into perspective. If this adorable endangered gorilla can have a little fun, so can you.

VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK

Now, we all know by now that the power of social media is essential when it comes to helping animals. That’s doubly so when it comes to this gorilla selfie and all the attention it has garnered.

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Virunga National Park houses far more than just gorillas. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

Right now, there are many more animals that owe their lives to the rangers at Virunga National Park. Currently, the 600 rangers in the park protect one of the world’s most biodiverse areas in existence.

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The might Hippo. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

In addition to 1/3 of the world’s Mountain Gorillas population, the park houses many more animals. Specifically, you can find 218 mammal, 706 bird, 109 reptile, 78 amphibian, and 22 primate species under protection at Virunga National Park.

YOU CAN HELP!

The good news is that you can help the animals too if you want. Look at it this way, for just $8 you can buy a ranger a new pair of boots. Or, for $32, you can fund a ranger and his family for an entire day.

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For $150 you can feed a gorilla for two weeks. Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

If you love that gorilla selfie as much as we did, and you are so inclined, you can donate if you visit this link.

Share this fantastic article with your friends to bring a smile to their face and spread the word about this incredibly worthy cause.

Featured Image from Virunga National Park via Facebook

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Tammie

Tammie has loved animals since she was a child. She was always bringing home strays to rescue and care for them. Her love for our furry friends has carried over into her work as a writer and one of her favorite parts of every day is when she gets to write about these delightful creatures.

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