This tourist who is only identified as John has a once in a lifetime exchange with a family group of gorillas in Uganda. They seem to be fascinated by his gray/white hair. Maybe they’re trying to figure out why it’s not on his back like their leaders. Whatever the reason, John will never forget his trip to Uganda. Park rangers in charge of the park where this happened say this is an extremely rare event.
Researchers more or less stumbled upon a previously unknown population of 125,000 Lowland gorillas in the Congo. That number automatically doubles their numbers in the wild. This is an incredible find, but I’m a little bummed the researchers found them. History indicates this will do them more harm than good.
This discovery is not to be confused with the mountain gorillas that are caught in the middle of the charcoal wars that I’ve written about previously. There are fewer than 700 mountain gorillas left with none existing in captivity. Something drastic has to be done to save these gorillas.
But it is exceedingly cool that the lowland gorillas are doing much better than we thought. Makes you wonder what else is out there that we haven’t discovered.