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Park Ranger’s Gorilla Selfie Goes Viral

DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (CBSLA)  – A park ranger’s selfie with two standing gorillas went viral.
Ranger Mathieu Shamavu, who is part of an anti-poaching unit, took a photo with the two orphaned female gorrillas in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The park then posted the photo to their Facebook page with the caption “Another day in the office.”
The post went viral immediately and people couldn’t believe the photo was real. The park quickly addressed those concerns.












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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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“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.”
The park’s deputy director, Innocent Mburanumwe, told BBC News that the gorillas had learned to imitate their caretakers.
According to the park’s  website , around one-third of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas reside in Virunga National Park.

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