Maybe it was the exertion, maybe the anxiety during the difficult hike, maybe dehydration, or maybe it was the thrill and happiness at seeing those gorillas so close and so peaceful, but whatever caused it, I cried when I saw them. There was a big silverback asleep among his family members and he never really stirred. Those who were awake were chewing on eucalyptus branches and leaves, a la koala bears. There were several adult females and some teenagers as well as some toddlers among the family.
The kids who looked like our 8-to 10-year-olds were climbing small trees and swinging from vines over and behind us. We had to stand during this entire hour because there was no place to sit. Females
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