Gorilla Sticks His Tongue Out

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Timing is everything with animal photos. The above photo is one of my favourites and I was lucky to get it. Animals don’t pose, they move, they seem to sense when you’re going to take a photo and suddenly turn away. I also had a fairly new camera and was still getting used to it. Perhaps I should have spent a bit more time with it before I went on the trip but I have no complaints. I’m happy with the photos that I did get.

Look yoga gorilla:

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More gorillas….. so incredible:

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Then after an hour it was time for them to leave:

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Gorillas

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You do get really close to the Gorillas.

So on Friday I gave a sneak peek of the Gorillas with this photo:

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Still my favourite. So cute but the whole experience was unbelievable. When choosing my trip to Africa and faced with so many choices of where to go it was the Gorillas that were my number one priority. After looking at so many tours I chose an Exodus tour that started in Rwanda. A country I really wanted to see and from the reviews sounded like the perfect place to see the Gorillas.

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Seeing them for the first time was surreal. I couldn’t believe that I was actually standing in Volcanoes National Park looking at Gorillas in the clearing. For the first few minutes I forgot to take pictures and through the one hour visit I often forgot to take photos. They are just so amazing to watch. To hear them grunting at each other, watch them push each other groom each other and a mom and baby. I just stood and went “Awwww” before remembering I had a camera with me.

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Everyone in the group was excited and even after the hour was up we all spoke excitedly about the gorillas and were all smiling. It was an incredible experience and worth every penny.

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Baby Gorilla

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Can I take him home?

My favourite photo taken of the gorillas. A little toddler who was so entertaining, he rolled and wobbled around and then sat and ate some grass.

With a hat and some sunglasses I think I could have snuck him out.