|One final day with the gorillas. We tracked a new family, called Group
13. Despite its name this family only has nine gorillas. It took much
less time to find them. We heard and then saw the dominant male crowing
and beating his chest as we approached. His hands cup air as they struck
his chest, creating a hollow sound that carried a long way in the jungle.
We came close enough to touch these gorillas and they were curious about
us too. Our guide waved away ones that came too close - we don't want
to transmit any human diseases or colds to them. The silverback regarded
us intently and our hearts quickened. These are magnificent animals. The
males weigh over 400 pounds and have the strength of eight men.