A GROUP of photogenic gorillas were more than happy to pose for selfies with their guardians.
Patrick Sadiki Karabaranga, 39, cares for orphan gorillas and is a warden in Virunga park in Rumangabo, Democratic Republic of Congo and snaps selfies with them every day.
Patrick Sadiki Karabaranga said he treated the gorillas like they were his children[/caption]
One lucky gorilla was given a piggy back ride[/caption]
This friendly gorilla was giving out hugs[/caption]
He has been looking after orphaned gorillas for over a decade and cares about them like “his children”.
He said: “I think it’s the curiosity to see themselves on the phone that entices them to take selfies with me”
“I do a lot of my work with orphan gorillas, they are like my human children.”
Previously rangers at Congo’s Virunga National Park have shared photos of them posing with gorillas in an attempt to raise awareness of poaching and the dangers both the animals and the keepers face.
At least 600 rangers work at the safari to protect the animals that can weigh up to a staggering 400lbs.
Describing their work on their website, the park said it has been “deeply” impacted by war and armed conflict over the last 20 years.
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In total, around 1790 rangers have died trying to save the lives of gorillas.
The park said on its website: “These local men and women go through intensive training, risking their lives on a daily basis to safeguard the park’s exceptional wildlife, including the last of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.”
The safari park was launched back in 1925 and is among the first protected areas in Africa.
The gorillas were perfectly happy to pose for photos with the rangers[/caption]
The rangers want to raise awareness about the threat from poachers[/caption]
The gorillas weren’t afraid to get up close to their carers[/caption]
The rangers are hoping to raise awareness about the threat from poachers[/caption]
Patrick hangs out with his gorilla friends every day[/caption]
The safari park was launched back in 1925 and is now a protected area[/caption]
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