Marcus Westberg - Conservation
We speak to Marcus about his conservation work, photography and veganism.
Philippe Bitege is one of the caretakers at Senkwekwe Gorilla Centre, DR Congo, with young orphan Kalonge. Although a Grauers gorilla, Kalonge was taken to Senkwekwe for his initial health examination. (Marcus Westberg)
Gorilla Doctors and human-wildlife conflict mitigation are two interesting examples of my work, because the setup was pretty different. With Gorilla Doctors I worked with a single organisation for an extended period of time (around five weeks in all, back in 2014). I spent time in the field in both DR Congo and Uganda as well as at HQ in Musenze (Rwanda), and I also documented the annual health examinations of the orphan mountain gorillas housed at Senkwekwe Gorilla Centre in Virunga National Park and the transfer of a Grauers gorilla to another sanctuary, GRACE. It was intense and a lot of hard work, but a fantastic opportunity - one of the photos I took made the final of the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year, which opened up a lot of doors for me.