Over the Easter break I headed to Uganda. During that time I was lucky enough to raft some class 5 rapids on the source of the Nile (White Nile) and head down past Lake Victoria, through Queen Elizabeth NP into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, 7 km from the Congo border. Half the world's population of mountain gorillas live in that forest and I got to chill with a family of 14 for the afternoon. It was a pretty special day. Watching these guys in their element really illuminated the similarities between us and them - we really aren't all that far apart (except for perhaps the smell....but even then!!).
Seeing an animal that way throws the whole notion of captivity on its head. I knew the facts before I went but sitting there watching a mother and her baby play hill, I struggled with the fact that 400 of these animals in a 320 square km section of national park constitute half the world's population.
Something to think about.
The footage is taken on a handheld camera so it’s a bit rough in places.
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