Rwanda's Gorillas - 2017

The two porters practically carried me down all the really steep spots with lots of loose rocks and even some bouldery piles. I was very grateful to have them at my side. We also learned on this trek that even people who cannot walk up or down the trails will have a way up & back, but more on that later. So why was "Special Family" given that designation? Because its recent history is so different from any other family ever observed during Fossey's time or in more recent years. Several years ago, the family's original silverback went missing. No one really knows whether he was killed by angry farmers, poached, or killed in a fight with another silverback over territorial and harem rights. For six months, the family was led by the alpha female, again unheard of behavior. She kept them

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