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Stepping on the Tip of the Iceberg.
87 year old Baba Vijay Nund
Gaur grazing
My Gondola
The Conch Shell Collector
Tall and Proud
The Smile
Chimp Family
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Grecian Arch
Tuscan Feast
Golden Monkey Surveying the Area
The Channel that Divides
Golden Monkey behind a seed pod
Sambar with a fawn
Swirl of Dusk
River Bank
Female Golden monkey side view
High and Handsome
Looking through a Castle
Peaceful Countryside
Serenity
Lights Out
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Golden Monkey Surveying the Area

Sustainable travel enables conservation of the things that make a destination desirable in the first place. Rather than denuding forests for a strip of souvenir shops and a tiny fenced reserve, places like Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park protect the native habitat for several rare species, including the golden monkey, mountain gorilla and forest elephant. Park tourism dollars employ guides, trackers and porters and also support community development projects that reduce the incentive to cut forest for illegal farms or set antelope snares, which can kill endangered monkeys and gorillas.

Many primate families in the park are comfortable with close human presence. I was thrilled to get within twelve feet of this beautiful golden when it descended from the trees to search for tender bamboo shoots. It paid little attention to me, but surveyed the area briefly, perhaps as a caution against eagles.

This photo is a finalist in the Sustainable Travel category of our 14th Annual Photo Contest. See all 70 finalists here.

TAGS: Rwanda

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Lewiston, Idaho, United States of America
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Photo of the Day: 03.19.17 Editors' Pick Finalist
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 10.2016
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Filed Under: Sustainable Travel
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PHOTO LOCATION Volcanoes National Park, Kinigi, Rwanda