South East Uganda - the Virunga volcanic mountains - HDR by Markus Bollmann


“Virunga” is such a powerful documentary that shows the hidden side of conflict in the Congo as SOCO try to illegally take over natural parks such as Virunga in order to mine and dig for oil. 

The documentary shows the life of those at the park who will not stand for their primate friends being destroyed for greed, and are willing to be killed too if it means they can try and save the animals.


Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who was known for her extensive study on mountain gorillas. She observed gorillas for 18 years in Rwanda and was staunchly against poaching - something that gained her many enemies. She lived among the gorillas, developed a tight bond with them, and dedicated her entire life to attempting to protect them.

Sadly, she was brutally murdered on 27 December, 1985. She was discovered in the bedroom of her cabin which was located in the Virunga Mountains in Rwanda. She had been bludgeoned and chopped to death with a machete; many believe by poachers she had been tracking. The case remains unsolved.

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I can’t like this clip enough. Two different volcanoes in Virunga National Park erupting at the same time. Nyiragongo and Nyamuragira, at night, with some star trails, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

1. Una Mente Maravillosa (2001)

Película que ganó cuatro Oscar; un de ellos a la mejor película. Para John Nash, su punto fuerte fue que esta obra sirvió para llamar la atención sobre la esquizofrenia en todo el mundo. (Título original: A Beautiful Mind)

2. Gorilas en la Niebla (1988)

Sigourney Weaver interpreta a Dian Fossey, una zoóloga y etologa que estudió a los gorilas en las montañas Virunga (Ruanda) y trabajó en su protección y conservación. (Título original: Gorillas in the Mist)

3. La Duda de Darwin (2009)

Una obra que relata la lucha interior que vivió el naturalista Charles Darwin a la hora de publicar “El Origen de las Especies“, un trabajo que negaba la creación del universo por parte de Dios; un conflicto entre su vocación científica y el amor que sentía por su esposa, muy religiosa. (Título original: Creation)

4. La Teoría del Todo (2014)

Eddie Redmayne (Oscar al mejor actor por su papel en esta película) interpreta al famoso físico teórico, autor de Breve historia del tiempo, Stephen Hawking. La Teoría del Todo repasa los inicios de Hawkin en la Universidad, su tésis, su enfermedad y sus éxitos en materia de divulgación. (Título original: Theory of Everything)

5. Descifrando Enigma (2014)

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Hobbit, Sherlock…) da vida al matemático criptoanalista y pionero de la informática, Alan Turing. Gracias a su mente privilegiada, Turing ayudó a los aliados a ganar la Segunda Guerra Mundial, si bien, la película termina sobre una nota amarga, fiel a la realidad. (Título original: The Imitation Game)


How One Filmmaker Is Using His Camera ‘To Inspire Others To Fall In Love With The Wild’

Nat Geo WILD’s second annual “Wild To Inspire” short film competition is underway. The contest is looking for the next generation of wildlife filmmakers as documentaries like 2013’s “Blackfish” and last year’s “Virunga” have captivated audiences concerned with the growing perils our planet faces.

shaym: One of the most memorable experiences of my life… Seeing silver back gorillas and their families in the Virunga National Park. The hiking through thick mud, getting attacked by red ants and harassed by stinging nettles…completely worth it! #Virunga #Rwanda


Video and still frames of the active lava lake at Nyiragongo Volcano, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. I love watching shots like some of the video here and comparing it to plate tectonics on a much more rapid scale - slabs of rigid material floating on something that is more easily deformed, sometimes sinking downwards, and spreading centers forming to make up for the area that sank.

A family of mountain gorillas from the Virunga volcanic mountain range on the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, are pictured in this photograph provided by Gorilla Doctors.Twenty-three scientists from six countries unveiled the first complete genetic map of the mountain gorilla, a close genetic cousin to humans inhabiting two isolated areas in central Africa. 

Picture: Gorilla Doctors/UC/Reuters (via Animal pictures of the week: 11th April 2015 - Telegraph)

Gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa. The eponymous genus Gorilla is divided into two species: the eastern gorillas and the western gorillas, and either four or five subspecies. They are the largest livingprimates by physical size. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of humans, from 95–99% depending on what is counted, and they are the next closest living relatives to humans after the chimpanzees and bonobos.

Gorillas’ natural habitats cover tropical or subtropical forests in Africa. Although their range covers a small percentage of Africa, gorillas cover a wide range of elevations. The mountain gorilla inhabits the Albertine Rift montane cloud forests of the Virunga Volcanoes, ranging in altitude from 2,200–4,300 metres (7,200–14,100 ft). Lowland gorillas live in dense forests and lowland swamps and marshes as low assea level, with western lowland gorillas living in Central West African countries and eastern lowland gorillas living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo near its border with Rwanda.