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Seeing the gorillas in Congo at age 66

The huge silverback was hovering in the trees above us, then he jumped into our midst and we scattered.

The rangers told us to stand still and in awe, we obeyed. We did not want 226 kilos of mountain gorilla charging us, even in play. It was frightening yet exhilarating at the same time.

This was Guhonda, the biggest - and at 36 years old - the oldest silverback in the Virunga Mountains, home to this endangered species.