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(NEW YORK POST) — “Another day at the office,” an anti-poaching ranger captioned this charming Facebook selfie from the Virunga National Park in Congo.
Ranger Mathiew Shamavu snapped this heartwarming shot of his upright but chill gorilla pals on Thursday, and by Saturday night, more than 17,000 had liked it.
“Simply stunning photo,” one response read. “Thank you for sharing & proving we can all live peacefully together.”
As relaxed as his “office” job may seem from the photo, Shamavu and his human colleagues risk their lives each day protecting the park’s wildlife from poachers, including the endangered mountain gorillas.
A third of the world’s mountain gorillas live in the Eastern Congo region, the refuge website says.
“The species has made steady population growth,” the website touted at the end of 2018.
“We are proud to say that Virunga welcomed 11 new mountain gorilla births this year alone.”
For one successful initiative, local farmers are encouraged to plant bamboo as “gorilla friendly buffer zones,” the website said.
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