17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Into the Congo

On the slopes of Mount Mikeno in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga National Park live some of the last mountain gorillas. This photograph features a female from the Humba family, a habituated group who live not far from the Bukima station. Whilst her stare evokes thoughts of Conrad’s Heart of Darkness or Michael Crichton’s Congo, the Humbas were very welcoming.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2017
Date Uploaded: 11.2019
Photo Location: Congo (the Democratic Republic of the)
Camera: ILCE-7RM2
Copyright: © Daniel Burton