Saturday, April 27, 2019

Gorillas Pose For Wefies

Mountain gorillas (left) at Virunga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site in the Democratic Republic of Congo were in the news. 

For your info, the mountain gorilla (Scientific name: Gorilla beringei beringei) is one of two subspecies of the eastern gorilla (Gorilla beringei) and it is listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. 

And Virunga is not only Africa’s oldest national park but it is also Africa’s most biodiverse national park, spanning tropical forests, snow-peaked mountains and active volcanoes. It is also home to a rare population of about 1,000 mountain gorillas – with other wild populations elsewhere in the Congo, Rwanda and Uganda. 

But its location in eastern DRC means these primates and the rangers who protect and care for them are constantly at risk. 

Virunga’s management has had to take extraordinary measures to keep its inhabitants and visitors safe from the sporadic fighting in the region – protecting them with a highly trained guard of elite rangers and sniffer dogs, as well as working closely with communities surrounding the park. 

Check out the “gorilla wefie” that went viral after it was shared by Mathieu Shamavu, the park ranger who captured it on his phone:












Shamavu who said he was checking his phone when he noticed Ndakazi and Ndeze, two orphaned gorillas mimicking his movements, and so he took a picture with them. These two females were orphaned 12 years ago when their families were killed by poachers. 

The park, which relies on private visitor donations, used its “gorilla wefie” moment in the spotlight to help raise funds, reaching its $50,000 (£39,000) target to mark Earth Day on April 22nd. 

Virunga has 600 dedicated rangers and two of them, Shamavu and Patrick Sadiki snapped the heart-warming series of wefies with the gorillas:

For more info, visit Virunga @ https://virunga.org 
To donate & Help! @ https://virunga.org/donate

On Friday, Liverpool once again put the pressure back on Manchester City as they returned to the top of the Premier League with an emphatic 5-0 win over Huddersfield Town at Anfield. 

Jurgen Klopp's side are now two points clear of the reigning champions, who have a game in hand.





A dominant display – and the goal rush came after only fifteen seconds when Naby Keita swept a close-range effort into the bottom left corner from Mohamed Salah's pass to record the Reds' quickest goal in a Premier League match. 

It was also Liverpool's 100th goal in all competitions this term, and they doubled their lead when Sadio Mane glanced Andrew Robertson's superb cross into the bottom right corner in the twenty-third minute. 

Salah then lobbed Terriers' goalkeeper Jonas Lossl on the stroke of half-time to deliver a third after running on to Trent Alexander-Arnold's ball forward. 

After the break, Mane headed in his second from Jordan Henderson's cross in the sixty-sixth minute – this was followed seventeen minutes later when his Egyptian team-mate converted from another Robertson delivery – and capping a fine team performance. 

Liverpool with 91 points have now amassed more points than Arsenal's unbeaten "Invincibles" team of 2003-04 and have 12 points more than the Manchester United treble-winning team of 1998-99.

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