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Volcanoes National Park Archives - Pat's Place

Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

27-28 January 2017

Silverback Akarevuro

I visited the Kwitonda family this morning. Within minutes of climbing a fence and entering their forest back yard, I found a large group of mothers and infants gathered around a rotted log having a picnic of mushrooms. The mothers ate; the infants clumsily practiced their vine and climbing skills. Their father and 450 pound protector sat close by expressing his pride and approval. He is responsible for 28 members of his extended family and I was fortunate to spend an hour with them. (more…)