A Life-Changing Encounter with Silverback Gorillas in Rwanda

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The entrepreneur SHEILA JOHNSON, who is the founder and CEO of Salamander Hotels & Resorts and has ownership stakes in three professional sports teams, was visiting Rwanda eight years ago on a philanthropic mission when she asked to view gorillas in the wild. Arrangements were made, and an hours-long hike—thousands of feet above sea level—ensued. The trek was exhausting, but the reward was worth the effort.  

“All of a sudden there was a clearing. That’s whe…

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