14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World

Payment from tourists help buy roofs for houses, schools, and shoes for Rwandan citizens. It helps preserve the habitat of the animals being visitied. It employs citizens. Trackers keep track of primate groups and use radios to help the tourist's guides come quickly to the primates each day. This baby mountain gorilla was wandering near it's mother. They are habituated to humans and curious about us. As it got closer to me, our guide gave it a cue in gorilla language to get no closer. Before that happened I was able to get several shots.

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Date Taken: 10.2016
Date Uploaded: 11.2016
Photo Location: Kinigi, Rwanda
Copyright: © John Beckman