Losing a parent can be one of the most tragic experiences of a person’s life. As photographer Phil Moore shows, this feeling […]
Losing a parent can be one of the most tragic experiences of a person’s life. As photographer Phil Moore shows, this feeling of deep sadness is not exclusive to humans.
A heartbreaking photo has sprung up online showing a park ranger comforting a gorilla that lost its mother to poachers.
Pictured above, Patrick Karabaranga, a ranger at the Virunga National Park in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, sits with an orphaned gorilla in the park’s gorilla sanctuary.
The bond between them is truly remarkable and the gorilla shows his appreciation for the ranger’s sympathy by placing his hand on the ranger’s leg.
Mountain gorillas have become a critically endangered species as a result of two distinct human activities. First, mass deforestation has resulted in severe habitat loss for not only gorillas but many animals of the rainforest. Every day, 80,000 acres of rainforest are destroyed in the name of profitable industries such as logging, agriculture and mining.