14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Up Close and Personal in Virunga National Park

A very curious young mountain gorilla coming a bit too close. The image was taken while visit Virunga National Park in the DRC, which depends on tourism. After hiking for hours we located the beautiful Humba family which consists of 2 silverback, 3 females, 3 babies and several juveniles.

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Date Taken: 12.2015
Date Uploaded: 08.2016
Photo Location: Virunga National Park, Congo (the Democratic Republic of the)
Copyright: © shannon wit
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