Animals are part of our planet that as well as people mate and have babies, but did you know that their emotions can be as strong as humans when losing a parent?
This was vividly shown by the photographer Phil Moore who captured a heartbreaking photo of how a park ranger is offering comfort to a young gorilla that lost its mother to poachers.
The name of the park ranger is Patrick Karabaranga who worked at the Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo. This region was a war zone for over 20 years and the damaging effects were enormous in terms of wildlife. Hence, the Virunga region is being protected by a dedicated team of more than 600 rangers.
The rangers go through an intensive training, and risk their lives every day to protect the wildlife of the national park in which reside the endangered mountain gorillas. In this region live more than 200 mountain gorillas which accounts for around a quarter of the world’s mountain gorilla population.
Phil Moore took this photo in July 2012 expressing gorilla’s sorrow after losing its mother due to poachers. This was enhanced by Karabaranga’s compassion towards the gorilla that was in pain. In the picture it was shown how the ranger stayed with the gorilla that lost its parent in the sanctuary offering the comfort, and the orphaned gorilla appreciated it by placing its hand on Patrick’s leg.
The park is constantly being attacked by traffickers and the rangers do their best to protect the gorillas from their attacks. But, this particular gorilla could not be protected and as well as other three gorillas were left without their parents. Traffickers have tried to illegally smuggle them out of the park, but during the process they have killed these animals.
The gorillas live in the rainforest which is their home, but due to the massive deforestation and the built infrastructure for the transport of goods in and out of rainforests, their habitat has been gradually destroyed making them critically endangered species.
Just like the humans these animals live in families with a developed sense of belonging, so if a tragedy happens to them and thus are being separated from their families they express deep sorrow.
Although there have been Mass Conservation efforts, which at some point they have been successful, there is still work to be done in order to protect them from massive destruction.