Gorillas: Living on the Edge

Will Bolsover

30 Apr 2014

A beautiful book by Andy Rouse

Gorillas: Living on the Edge is a stunning photography book by renowned wildlife photographer Andy Rouse that takes a journey onto the misty slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda and glimpses into the world of the mountain gorillas. I was lucky enough to work with Andy on this exciting project.

I’d already been working with Andy for a number of years, running trips to visit the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, when he approached me about contributing editorially and proof-reading his new book. Gorillas are an amazing species to work with, whether seeing them in the field or working on a project like this so I was delighted to be involved.

Mountain gorillas have been highly endangered for a number of years and live in one of the most restricted habitats left on the planet today. The mountain gorillas of Rwanda are an excellent example of tourism and conservation working in unity, creating a sustainable model for the future.

The 96-page book is a celebration of both the life of the mountain gorilla and the rejuvenation of Rwanda and its people. The book chronicles how Rwanda has developed one of the most sustainable ecotourism models in the world, where tourism revenue is used both for the protection of the mountain gorilla species and for funding local community projects such as schools. 

Throughout the book, as you would expect, there are hundreds of stunning photographs offering a true insight into the everyday life of the mountain gorillas. 25% of the profits from Gorillas: Living on the Edge is donated directly to conservation projects in Rwanda to benefit both the mountain gorillas and the local communities that live alongside them.

If you are interested in tracking the gorillas yourself then take a look at our guide which contains essential information about the rules and regulations you’ll need to adhere to. If you would like your own tailored itinerary then get in touch and we will start planning your trip with you.

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