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Mountain Gorilla juvenile

Gorilla beringei beringei


Juveniles are the playful youngsters of a gorilla group. Check out the video clip.


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I went gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. We trekked for about an hour to find a habituated family of 20 gorillas. The largest group in the park. An expensive permit only allows for one hour with these majestic animals. It's not enough time! It was amazing to be so close to them. These mountain gorillas are also known as Bwindi gorillas.

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LauraMaria 12 years ago

What a beautiful video, one of the things I really want to do is go and see mountain gorillas. ThiS must have been such an incredible experience. Those babies playing really pulled my heart strings!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks rainbow35fw and monkey-mind and nana-puppet!

O_O woooow! dan, you are my hero! ;)

rainbow35fw 12 years ago

Hey that was an awesome video and pics, Good job! :)

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks Peter for Spotting of the day! Thanks everyone for all the nice comments too.

RudolphAndrewFurtado 12 years ago

dandoucette, you are are really one of the lucky and rare naturalists to both, visit as well as film rare wild-life.

DanielePralong 12 years ago

Incredibly precious.

Christiane 12 years ago

WOW.. this is really a perfect SPOTTING OF THE DAY!!

CarlaTuckerJohnson 12 years ago

That must of been a day you will never forget. I would love to be with those animals.Thanks for sharing

HeatherMiller 12 years ago

Awesome spotting...I just saw it on facebook and flipped back over to Project Noah and saw it on the banner! LOVE the video, Dan. Congrats on spotting of the day.

peter 12 years ago

Spotting of the day!

"The DNA of a Mountain gorilla is nearly 99% identical to that of a human."

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 12 years ago

Thanks a lot! It was an incredible moment. At first I was just filming the silverback and then the youngster comes practically running by right beside me! Visitors aren't allowed to approach more than 5m but the gorillas don't know these rules and sometimes come very close. It happened to a trekker in my group. She wasn't sure what to do when the gorilla approached, but she stayed still. He checked her out and then went on his way.

Yasser 12 years ago

Amazing submission Dan. The video really takes the experience to the next level. It must have been an incredible moment.

Noe and Pili
Noe and Pili 12 years ago

wow! it was awesome!

Carolina 12 years ago

Dan you were so close! What a cool experience!

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Rukungiri, Kanungu, Uganda

Spotted on Feb 22, 2009
Submitted on Jul 22, 2011

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