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1st prize Nature Stories Brent Stirton, South Africa, Reportage by Getty Images for National Geographic magazine “Rhino Wars”, Mount Kenya, Kenya, 13 July 2011

World Press Photo Contest: Winning Images from Africa

The 2012 World Press Photo Exhibition is currently being showcased in Luanda, the capital city of Angola, after which it will travel to the remaining chosen 45 countries on a world tour. For over 55 years the World Press Photo Contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism, with an archive of winning images recording more …

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Mountain gorilla Virunga National Park Congo

Gorilla trekking in gumboots

Crossing into the Congo wasn’t the most comfortable experience we’ve ever had but it was an awe-inspiring adventure to go and meet the majestic mountain gorillas, making a childhood dream come true for Marcus. Bouncing around in the back of a safari truck, we wound our way through fertile farmland and villages with grass-thatched huts …

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Five Tips for Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Of the dozens of wildlife viewing experiences I’ve had in Africa and North and South America, encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat takes the cake. On my first gorilla trek in Rwanda in 2008, I felt as if I had been invited to a reunion of distant, hairy relatives. When I first saw the …

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Gorilla Doctors Virunga National Park DR Congo

Mountain gorilla habitat under siege in DR Congo

The Gorilla Doctors fear for the health and safety of the critically endangered mountain gorillas of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo as rebels clash with the Congolese army in the park’s gorilla sector. Virunga National Park is home to about 200 of the world’s remaining 783 mountain gorillas. On May 8, a reported 1,500 troops loyal …

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Red-hot attraction

Wow! The Nyamulagira volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo is spewing out lava in what volcanologists say may be its biggest eruption in 100 years. Unexpectedly, witnessing mountains gushing oozy rivers of unimaginably hot lava is, well, hot! So visitors are flocking to the site to see it for themselves. Virunga Park rangers have set …

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Gorilla Doctors

I first discovered the Gorilla Doctors while writing an article about a gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda. Since then, I’ve been in touch with Molly Feltner, a freelance writer, photographer and communicator for the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. Molly told me how the project is made up of an international team of vets, known as …

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