Selfies are a matter of skills. Finding the right angle, working the pose correctly, getting the light right: all of those come together to capture the perfect selfie. Over the years we’ve seen many famous people work the selfie like no one else ever could. Checking all the right boxes, they’ve always been considered as setting the bar in clicking selfies.
However, get over them Kardashians! We have the very handsome gorillas of Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, that are pushing all barriers in the department of selfies!
The Virunga National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the lush forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The past several years of military turmoil in that region has left the site in danger of being open to damage from the war as well as poaching activities. Yet, according to Truth Theory, over 600 rangers have come together to save this Heritage Site and protect the gorillas inhabiting it. Virunga’s website presents more such information.
It also boasts of the bravery of the rangers who equip themselves with exceptional fighting skills to be prepared for any emergency. They fight off threatening elements and help rescue several members of the gorilla family, including the world’s critically endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Although the work of the rangers seems to be a dangerous and busy one, it comes along with some occasional fooling around with the inhabitants of the National Park!
Here are some photographs to show you a glimpse of what the workspace of an average ranger looks like:
Ndakasi and Matabishi are two of the most enthusiastic gorillas in the Park. This image of a ranger, with the two of them flexing their muscles at the back is titled as, “Another day at the Office”.
Another image of Ndakasi and Matabishi is titled Family Portrait. Ranger Patrick Sadiki posed with the two to complete the family. The two of them compete to get the best selfie angle, but somehow, they seem to have been taken by surprise or curiosity.
The third photo is of a gorilla, riding on the shoulders of a ranger, holding him affectionately. It’s a heart-warming picture titled, “Words to Live By- Sagesse Intemporelle.” The words to live by are, as mentioned in the caption: “When one is still young, it seems very simple to be a hero or a martyr. But as one marches on in life, one understands the price of a simple act of virtue, and only God can give us the strength to achieve this.”