Gorilla Care - Marcus Westberg
Finalist, Photojournalism Award: Single Image
Ndeze, a nine-year-old orphan mountain gorilla, watches with concern as veterinarians check the health of her female companion, twelve-year-old Maisha, in the Senkwekwe Centre at the headquarters of the Virunga National Park, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The resident ‘gorilla doctor’ Eddy Kambale (here with the former regional director Jan Ramer, left, assisted by two visiting vets) runs thorough health checks every year on the four orphan mountain gorillas, all of whom have been rescued from poachers and traffickers and have suffered traumatic experiences. The centre – named after Ndeze’s father, who was murdered along with Ndeze’s mother and several other members of her family in 2007 – is just part of the park’s efforts to protect the surviving mountain gorillas. ‘The deep bonds that exist between these orphans, their carers and Eddy is one of the most touching things I have ever had the privilege of witnessing,’ says Marcus.
Canon 5D Mark III + 16-35mm f2.8 lens at 16mm; 1/80 sec at f4.5; ISO 1600.
Picture: Marcus Westberg/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2015
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Virunga is the incredible true story of a group of brave individuals risking their lives to save Africa?s oldest national park in the midst of renewed civil war and a scramble for the region?s natural resources.

If you haven’t heard of Virunga, please make it a resolution to learn as much as you can about this place. Simply watching the documentary on Netflix is enough to make you want to give everything you have to this park. 

Virunga, an absolutely stunning conservation park, is home to the Congolese Mountain Gorillas, who are becoming far and few between. The park is under threat from civil war and SOCO International.

SOCO International is a UK based company which has been using the World Heritage site to search for Oil. Currently, more than 80% of the park has been allocated as oil concessions. SOCO is a corrupt company with nothing but bad intentions for the park and it’s future. 

Watch the film, tell people about it and donate to the National Park if you can, so that they can continue to protect against the threats that it faces. 


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From The Guardian: A guide with a shirt covered by butterfly leads a trek to find mountain gorillas in the jungle at Bukima in Virunga national park, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Misty forests in green hills of the vast park – stretching for 7,800 sq km – are home to a quarter of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas. Photograph: Peter Martell/AFP/Getty Images


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Smithsonian’s 21st Century Life List: 25 Great New Places to See

Some of them:

“The Longest Cave” A shaft of sunlight hits a section of the cave, called Watch Out for Dinosaurs, daily around noon. (Ryan Deboodt)

“Gorillas in Their Midst: Mountain Trekking, East Africa” A mountain gorilla family sticks together and stays on the lookout in Congo’s Virunga National Park. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images for WWF-Canon)

“The Incredible Shrinking Glacier: Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska” On the rocks under Mendenhall Glacier: Expert guidance is recommended for the journey there. (Howie Garber)

“The Mecca of Islamic Art: Museum of Islamic Art, Qatar” A dhow floats in front of The Museum of Islamic Art. (Bruno Mazodier / Figarophoto / Redux)

“Time Capsule: Havana, Cuba” Colorful Plaza Vieja (© Jon Arnold/JAI/Corbis)

“New Berths: Ecuador by Rail” The journey includes a visit to the Avenue of the Volcanoes, including Cotapaxi, the world’s highest active volcano. (© John Coletti/JAI/Corbis)


I finally got round to watching the amazing documentary Virunga on netflix. I have never been so on edge when watching a documentary and the love and dedication shown from the men looking after those Gorillas is just incredible. The strength they all showed in standing up against a giant company out to destroy the park and wildlife they love was also just amazing. I recommend that everyone watches this documentary as it is an incredible film.
A ★★★★★ review of Virunga (2014)
What an amazing story. It effectively shows how both people and gorillas (as well as other wildlife) can get caught in the middle of the political and economic climate, showing both a micro and macro impact. I also love how they give a brief backstory to some of the major characters. Even though some have a rough past, they came to the park to seek refuge and do something good — and they are willing to die to protect it.
Films at The Fort - Virunga

I love open-air cinema events and I managed to attend the latest entry into the market, “Films At The Fort presented by Casillero del Diablo”, which is held at Fort Canning Park from August 14th to 23rd. The film event features a wide range of films consisting of beloved classics (Wall Street, Shawshank Redemption, Rocky), recent releases (The Broken Circle Breakdown, The Imitation Game, The Two Escobars, While We’re Young). and award winning documentaries (Citizenfour, Walking Under WaterVirunga).

I managed to convince a couple of friends to join me for Virunga, a 2014 British documentary film which “focuses on the conservation work of rangers within Virunga National Park, and the activity of a British company, SOCO International, which began exploring for oil within the UNESCO World Heritage site”.

Here’s my highlights for the open-air cinema event:

I loved the documentary film as it is an amazing investigative piece that sheds light on the conflict surrounding the Virunga National Park and the rangers that are risking their lives to protect their beloved homeland. As head park ranger Rodrigue Mugaruka Katembo mentioned in the film: “Oil is an exhaustible resource, whereas fauna and flora are inexhaustible resources. Even if they are allowed to exploit the oil, it will one day come to an end. But the park will remain through the years. From generation to generation, people will see this park.” 

Overall, the event was quite well organized. The weather was relatively cooling, the rain did not come, the ground was dry, and everyone had a great time at Fort Canning Park.

Interested to catch “Films at The Fort”?

Unfortunately, Shawshank Redemption for Saturday, August 22nd is sold out. You can still purchase tickets for the closing film on Sunday, August 23rd where Rocky will be screened.

Find out more about Virunga from the official movie website at