We all know the silverback mountain gorillas are mighty apes, the largest of their kind and certainly the strongest.
Usually, these giant creatures travel alone or in small groups with other males, and rarely a family group includes many adult males.
However, such a group in Rwanda is doing the exact opposite and is representing a beautiful story of brotherhood.
This family band is led by a dominant man named Musilikale, followed by two loyal silverback brothers named Icumbi and Turakameje.
They bonded together to protect their family of 22 female gorillas. It is their playful antics that won the hearts of those from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation.
The organization is dedicated to preserving these mighty creatures through research, training, and establishing relationships with local communities.
They have been tracking down and protecting the mountain gorillas of Rwanda and the Grauer gorillas of the Congo, both critically endangered species.
Followers have captured some lovely images, especially of the Musilikale family, where three gorillas have 22 children with them.
Though all grown up, the brothers’ nap and play together while Musilikale leads the females, whom he will protect with his life.
Watchers and researchers follow groups of gorillas every day, and even though the gorillas are being used to the presence of humans, they stay at a distance.
The mountain gorilla population is critically endangered and is thought to number just over 1,000 worldwide, threatened mainly by po.ac.hers and habitat loss.
Grauer gorillas are considered critically endangered, with an unspecified small number remaining in the wild.
The Dian Fossey Gorilla Foundation and one of the main organizations are supporting the fight for these majestic creatures.
You can support the fun by adopting a gorilla or donating on the website.