Deep in Uganda’s ruggedly lush Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a silverback gorilla absentmindedly scratches himself, unaware and uncaring that the wider world around him is being ravaged by a pandemic.

For months, as international headlines have recorded humanity’s agonizing battle with COVID-19, life in the jungle volcanos has carried on. Baby gorillas were born. Senior gorillas died. Families foraged for food. As a photographer and chronicler of animal lives, the normalcy of that is a gratifying thought.

Back in early 2020, before the pandemic and facemasks became the symbols of global upheaval, the only thing on my mind was living out a lifelong dream of trekking to Uganda with the mountain gorillas and chimps in Time with the chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kyambura Gorge, UGANDA

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