Mondika Research Centre is one of the sites where WCS Congo researches great apes. This site was where the first western lowland gorillas were habituated over twenty years ago. This same group is still studied today, providing the long term information about the life history of this species. Tracking these gentle giants in the dense central African rainforest is a once in a lifetime experience. WCS has been involved in the development of best practice guidelines for tourist visits to great apes and we aim to be at the forefront of putting in place systems that ensure the safety of both the wildlife and our guests. If you can’t make it up to see the gorillas in person, we hope you enjoy this gallery of images taken by country director, Mark Gately, on a recent visit to the site.