"Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either — most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time."
Mathieu Shamavu works as a park ranger at Virunga National Park's mountain gorilla orphanage, in the Congo, and he has one of the most important jobs, according to CNN. Shamavu works as a protector for the primates in need, and he's like family to them now. Out of the gorillas, he's become extremely close to two of them, named Ndakazi and Ndeze — a pair of young females who, sadly, lost their parents to poachers. Despite their loss, these two have come a long way, thanks to their caretaker. "I'm still close to them and they feel good," Shamavu told The Dodo.
Shamavu then took a selfie with the gorillas where they posed in style for the picture, thus establishing a sweet connection. The selfie was too awesome not to be shared, which explains why it went viral almost immediately. YES, it’s real! Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Virunga National Park wrote. Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either — most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time.
The park lies along the northeast region of the country and is home to 22 primate species, including three great apes. An estimated 1,000 mountain gorillas inhabit the site. There are more than 600 rangers who work to safeguard wildlife at the park. The 3,000-square-mile site of the park has been a frequent spectator to violence and outbreaks of conflict. A ranger's job does not come without danger.
Happy Earth Day!!! Here are some anti-poaching rangers and the gorillas they protect 😍 (photo by Ranger Mathieu Shamavu, Virunga National Park) #EarthDay2019 #EarthDay #Photography #gorillaselfie pic.twitter.com/pMnwe5guCb— Polly Rusyn (@pollyrusyn) April 22, 2019
Several rangers have been killed from the site, and two of them were even kidnapped. Another ranger, Hakizimana Sinamenye Chadrack, died in March after sustaining serious injuries from a hippo, the park said on its website. He was with the park for nine years, from 2010-2019. Though he was given immediate medical aid when he was found by the river, he succumbed to his injuries as they were extensive.
Dropping a mixtape?— Restova (@restovaa) April 25, 2019
One of the coolest selfies ever. This photo was taken by AntiPoaching Unit Ranger Mathieu Shamavu. https://t.co/Gn3vefxngb
People were ecstatic to see such a selfie in recent times. Mario Baca said: They look like they about to drop the hottest album of 2019. Dino Galdamez said: How those two could pose like that? wow... amazing picture! Good for the rangers! Jemange Beaucoup thanked him for his efforts: Thank you for taking good care of them. Ulloa Richard said: Them guys risk there life to keep these gorillas safe from poachers what an amazing job they're doing.
"The bizarre picture, has caused a stir as the Virunga gorillas appear to have taken a break from monkeying around, stood upright and joined in ranger Mathieu Shamavu's selfie."https://t.co/dx4dK36zl9 pic.twitter.com/Tym4bSKB94— inkl (@inkl) April 23, 2019
Selena Gonzales gushed: So sweet and adorable love this and thanks so amazing human beings for saving them. Carmen Garcia prayed for a good outcome: I want to thank ALL the wonderful and AMAZING crew for taking care of our beautiful Gorillas. God bless you all. Keep up the good work. Thank you so much. Maureen Wadsworth thanked him for his efforts: Thanks, Mathieu. You have shown love and kindness. Two of the best traits of human beings. Stay safe away from those poachers, you are doing wonderful work.
Ranger Mathieu Shamavu was working at Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo when the two gorillas decided to strike a pose. Virunga National Park posted the picture on Instagram after it went viral, saying, "YES, it’s real!" pic.twitter.com/3TI5xAppEK— Marnie Levy (@MarnieLevy) April 23, 2019
Wendy Esposito spoke the truth: Awesome creatures. Thank you so much for taking such wonderful care of these beautiful and majestic babies. Jane Brooks Peugh said: Thank you for being a wonderful person and taking care of a gentle giant of our planet. You are a true hero! Heather Jones has just the thing for people who want to help: On insta if you follow “anthonycaere” he is the anti-poaching pilot for this amazing park and has all the links where you can help all the incredible groups involved.