Parc National de Virunga Warnings and Dangers

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    YOUR CAMERA IS GOING TO GET WET

    by DAO Updated Aug 30, 2012

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    The park is a natural rain forest near the Equator. That means it rains all year long. In fact they average 1975mm (77.7 inches or 6.5 feet) of rain! If you look closely at these photos you will see the rain. I took 3 cameras and used 2. Both were damaged to some extent. One dried up after a few days and works fine now. The other has zoom problems now. If you can think of a way to shelter your camera, do so before you go. I had a hat that absolutely did no good during heavier spells of rain. You only get to spend 1 hour with the Gorillas when you find them and they move constantly. You really have to keep moving, sliding, climbing and falling to keep within eyesight and get those pictures. There are less than 750 if these magnificent animals in the world and all you photos will be priceless. If you have very expensive equipment you should discuss this issue with your local camera shop. Not only direct rainfall, but humidity will affect your equipment and lenses.

    I would also recommend disposable, one-use, lens cleaners - as a cloth will be useless within minutes.

    No matter what you do – you have a 100% chance of getting wet.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Eco-Tourism

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    IF A GORILLA CHARGES AT YOU !

    by DAO Updated Feb 17, 2010

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    DO NOT RUN
    OK. That sounds counter productive, but Gorillas can run at speeds of 25 mph (40 kmh) through dense jungle. They could easily see your running as a threat and rip off an arm or leg with very little effort. What you have to do is QUIETLY and slowly sink to the ground, preferably into a foetal position. This shows them that you are not a threat in any way. It also establishes for them that you have acknowledged their territory and that they have nothing further to fear from you.

    The first Gorilla I saw was a male and he charged. Please see the video on the Videos tab of my page. The Ranger and I lay down on the ground and this essentially teen aged male stood over me, beating his chest, and made a lot of noise. He then moved off and joined the larger group.

    I asked the Ranger if a Gorilla had ever hurt a Visitor. He said no, but that no one had ever stood up or run before either.

    Gorillas are essentially non-aggressive, but they will defend themselves against perceived threats. So get ready to drop down on the ground.

    HIDE ! QUICK !
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    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Safari

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    Tragic Civil War

    by Yogues Written Jan 15, 2008

    I was very saddened to see this article on MSNBC (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22627399/) about Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo (fka Zaire). The park is now completely overrun by armed militia and the Rangers can't even go in to check on the status of the Gorillas. It is a real tragedy.

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    • Jungle and Rain Forest

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