A plight we cannot ignore –  modern society is harming our animals.

Helpless against our powerful weapons and cruel minds.

There are many who help tirelessly, dedicated to save those who are unable to defend themselves, there is yet a long road ahead to halt the people who are killing our planet.

However, sometimes, no matter how much bad is happening in the world, people come along, restoring our faith in humanity.

The rangers at Virunga National Park are some of those very people.

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Ranger, Mathieu Shamavu has shared some adorable images that went viral, and one doesn’t need to guess why.

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You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park. We’ve received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it’s real! Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either—most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time. Guys, if you shared our gorilla selfie post, please share our Earth Day posts as well! Conserving Virunga’s amazing wildlife is a constant challenge for the Park and our work wouldn’t be possible without your support. Matching funds have been pledged on every donation to the Park today, up to a total of $25,000—giving us the opportunity to raise $50,000 for Virunga! Visit virunga.org/donate or click the link in our bio to get involved and keep sharing our posts! Thank you! *We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans to which they have lived since infancy. The caretakers at Senkwekwe take great care to not put the health of the gorillas in danger. These are exceptional circumstances in which the photo was taken. It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild. #gorillaselfie #gorilla #mountaingorilla #mountaingorillaselfie #selfie #earthday #earthday2019 #virunga #virunganationalpark #congo #drcongo #rdc #drc #protecttheplanet #happyearthday #wildlife #wildlifeconservation #conservation #natureconservation

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Shown posing with one of the rangers, two gorillas who live in the National Park are safe, for now from poachers or armed conflicts which may otherwise have affected their well-being.

Virunga National Park is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites, protected by a team 600 rangers strong.

In the past, Virunga was deeply impacted by war and armed conflicts that destroyed the lives of humans and gorillas alike.

With Gorillas also being poached for food, traditional medicine and the bushmeat trade, rangers are fighting tooth and nail to preserve this incredible bond shown in these photos.

These rangers must go through rigorous training since their high risk jobs are aimed at protecting the park’s wildlife.

Please consider making a donation to the park, with ever donation making a huge impact of the lives of the animals and rangers alike. Where a single donation of just $8 can purchase a pair of new boots for a ranger, $32 feeds and funds a ranger and their entire family for a day and $150 allows the food and supplements needed for an orphaned gorilla for two weeks.

As one can imagine, aside from this job being tremendous dangerous, the rewards are in abundance with the animals showing their complete trust for the rangers.

Virunga National Park is also one of the most bio-diverse  protected areas in the world, with home to 218 mammal, 109 reptile, 706 bird, 78 amphibian and 22 primate species, this accounts for around one third of the world’s most critically endangered mountain gorillas, residing in the park.

The rangers fight tirelessly day and night in order to keep the animals safe, with 179 lives tragically lost, one cannot disregard how much commitment these people have for this dying species.

“There is a bond that ties us together. A relationship that is very, very close between the guardians and the gorillas,” says Andre Bauma, the manager of the Senkwekwe Centre, which was founded in 1925, aimed at defending is rich bio-diversities with the region being in the presence of the last remaining 880 mountain gorillas. the area was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1979.

Images form last year also went viral, showing anther ranger spending time with an orphaned gorilla. 

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The ranger was spotted comforting an incredibly sad gorilla who had become an orphan to poachers hunting his parents.

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Show your support – make a donation to help save this incredible species, along with all the others and help those who have risked it all to protect them. 

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