In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the act of poaching is an everyday and very unfortunate event that takes place and sadly becomes the reality for many of the animals who call this place home. Luckily for the animals of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, there are several sanctuaries and reserves set up to aid in the safe keeping from the relentless poachers who endlessly try to capture these animals for monetary gain. Unfortunately however, sometimes even these safe havens are not entirely safe from the poachers.
As seen in this article, sometimes tragedy can still occur behind the safe walls and close eyes of the sanctuary park rangers. In this story, a young gorilla has just lost his parents to the poachers of the land. This gorilla, along with his two siblings and parents were brought to the sanctuary to be kept safe from any poachers that may be trying to hunt them down. This gorillas parents were unfortunately killed and taken from the sanctuary despite the rangers best efforts to maintain the safety of these animals. For the park rangers who guard these types of sanctuaries, it is their daily priority to keep these animals safe and out of harms way. Sometimes, in cases such as this, even under careful watch poachers are able to find their way into the establishment and commit the awful act of killing and taking these poor animals. When this happens, it is often just as hard on the park rangers who work and maintain the sanctuaries as it is on the families of the animals who are left behind after poachers come in. In this story with this photo, it is clear that this park ranger feels compassion for this poor gorilla who is sad that his parents have just been killed by poachers.
The photograph is one that is extremely touching and moving. It shows true trust and care between human and animal, and shows the extreme bond that these park rangers have with the animals that are in their care. The gorilla seems to appreciate the park rangers hug and condolences by reaching over and placing his hand in his lap. This is truly a remarkable story and shows true, unattested care. Hopefully with continued efforts, poaching will cease to be an activity that takes place in the world.