Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas amid the steep bamboo thickets of Parc National des Volcans and you’ll soon think the heart-stopping encounter one of the world’s great wildlife experiences. Sit nearby and perhaps be approached by one of these beautiful, overwhelmingly familiar genetic relatives and you’ll witness protective, aloof silverbacks overseeing their family, placid but vigilant mothers tending their babies and playful, curious infants learning their new environment and family relationships. The communication between individuals is absolutely palpable and you’ll understand how the family operates in comparing to human equivalents. But to look at their face and actions in such close proximity is the real spine-tingler; never so strong is inter species empathy than between man and gorilla. So close is the connection, you only have to experience their personable nature to understand that our intrinsic link to these not-so-distant relatives is far from missing.