The Albertine Rift — the western part of the Great Rift Valley — runs from Lake Albert to Lake Tanganyika, through is one of Africa’s most biodiverse places. It is also host to some of the highest human population densities on the continent.
On his latest assignment for NGM Joel photographed everything from gorillas to lions to giraffes, and the increasing conflict between wildlife and a growing human population. He also had a close encounter with the deadly Marburg virus. More photos from the Albertine Rift story and links to NGM article.