• One of peaks in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, looms on the horizon.

    One of peaks in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, looms on the horizon.

    03.23.2011; Rwanda, Gashaki, Northern Province; Visit to Community Water and Sanitation Project (CWASA), meet with a women's water committee, a men's group and see a role play; landscapes on the way to Musanze;

  • One of peaks in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, looms on the horizon.

    One of peaks in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, looms on the horizon.

    03.23.2011; Rwanda, Gashaki, Northern Province; Visit to Community Water and Sanitation Project (CWASA), meet with a women's water committee, a men's group and see a role play; landscapes on the way to Musanze;

  • Visitors Center at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

    Visitors Center at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

    A view of the peaks while we await the start of our gorilla trek at Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.

  • Waiting for the start of our hike to meet the mountain gorillas of Sabyinyo.

    Waiting for the start of our hike to meet the mountain gorillas of Sabyinyo.

    A guide describes the Sabyinyo Family of mountain goriallas and what is expected of guest in the presence of the family.

  • Our trek begins, hiking through the outskirts of Musanze towards Sabyinyo.

    Our trek begins, hiking through the outskirts of Musanze towards Sabyinyo.

    A delegation from CARE USA begins their hike through the outskirts of Musanze to visit the mountain goriallas of Sabyinyo.

  • Hike to Sabyinyo.

    Hike to Sabyinyo.

    CARE Delegation hikes to Sabyinyo to visit moutain gorillas in Volcanoes Natioinal Park, Rwanda.

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  • Entering the bamboo forest.

    Entering the bamboo forest.

  • Taking a break on the trail in the bamboo forest.

    Taking a break on the trail in the bamboo forest.

  • Challenging trail condtions on the way up Sabyinyo.

    Challenging trail condtions on the way up Sabyinyo.

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  • Members of the ranger team.

    Members of the ranger team.

    Machetes are required to cut the trail through the thick bamboo, guns to ward off buffalo, elephants and poachers.

  • Thick overhead canopy in the bamboo forest.

    Thick overhead canopy in the bamboo forest.

  • Our first Mountain Gorilla.

    Our first Mountain Gorilla.

    After several hours of hiking, just off to one side, sitting quietly in the midst of thick bamboo, we see our first mountain gorilla.

  • Growing Up Gorilla.

    Growing Up Gorilla.

    An adult gorialla eats the leavs off a vine.

  • A baby gorilla's curiosity gets the best of him.

    A baby gorilla's curiosity gets the best of him.

    The baby mountain gorillas pretty much stayed out of sight during our visit.

  • A young mountian gorilla plays in the bamboo.

    A young mountian gorilla plays in the bamboo.

  • Growing up Gorilla, a Baby Mountain Gorilla and mother.

    Growing up Gorilla, a Baby Mountain Gorilla and mother.

  • Gorilla siesta.

    Gorilla siesta.

  • Gowing Up Gorilla.

    Gowing Up Gorilla.

    An adult gorilla eats a galium vine.

  • Growing Up Gorilla.

    Growing Up Gorilla.

    An adult mountain gorilla stares back at me.

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  • An opportunity to get up close and personal with a mountain gorilla.

    An opportunity to get up close and personal with a mountain gorilla.

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  • Undeniable humanity in his eyes.

    Undeniable humanity in his eyes.

    Eye-to-eye with a mountain gorilla.