These cheeky gorillas made the best photobomb of all time

Apr 29 2019, 7:57 pm

A photo has gone viral because it is quite simply the best selfie, and best photobomb, of all time.

Posted on Virunga National Park‘s Instagram taken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the photo features the park’s caretakers taking a selfie while two mountain gorillas pose for the camera.


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The caption reads:

You might have recently seen caretakers Mathieu and Patrick’s amazing selfie with female orphaned gorillas Ndakazi and Ndeze inside the Senkwekwe center at Virunga National Park. We’ve received dozens of messages about the photo. YES, it’s real! Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities! Also, it’s no surprise to see these girls on their two feet either—most primates are comfortable walking upright (bipedalism) for short bursts of time.

Guys, if you shared our gorilla selfie post, please share our Earth Day posts as well! Conserving Virunga’s amazing wildlife is a constant challenge for the Park and our work wouldn’t be possible without your support. Matching funds have been pledged on every donation to the Park today, up to a total of $25,000—giving us the opportunity to raise $50,000 for Virunga! Visit or click the link in our bio to get involved and keep sharing our posts! Thank you!

*We want to emphasize that these gorillas are in an enclosed sanctuary for orphans to which they have lived since infancy. The caretakers at Senkwekwe take great care to not put the health of the gorillas in danger. These are exceptional circumstances in which the photo was taken. It is never permitted to approach a gorilla in the wild.

We can vouch for gorillas loving the camera! Check out this silverback boss below, taken in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Take a read through our gorilla trekking guide for all you need to know about getting your most epic selfie ever.


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