Monday, May 21, 2007

Parc National des Volcans, Part III



The Silverback in this group gave a great classic thinker pose, pictured here. As we were walking away from the main group we'd been watching, we encountered a second mom and baby, also pictured here.

It's interesting how well the gorillas have adapted to having regular human visitors. As we would approach a group of gorillas, the guides made a sound, like a deep throat clearing, that is supposed to be a gorilla vocalization that means "everything is ok, we're friendly." I was fascinated hearing the gorillas and the guides communicate in gorilla-speak. While we may have taught gorillas in captivity sign language, gorillas in the wild have clearly taught guides enough that the two species can communicate on gorilla vocal terms. It's amazing to see and hear.

I will leave this group and go on to the next one. If you visit Parc des Volcans, I believe this group is known as Amahoro...though I may be off on the spelling.

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