With "Crossfire" returning to CNN this Monday, September 9, CNN is taking a closer look into the hosts' lives with a series of Web videos.
In this video, Newt Gingrich opens up about one of his passions aside from politics and history – his love of animals and the outdoors.
Gingrich and his wife, Callista, have traveled all over the world to see different animals. He says one of the most amazing experiences was seeing mountain gorillas in Rwanda. “We’re looking at a family of mountain gorillas, and not 10 feet from us a mother gorilla is laying on her back with a baby gorilla on her tummy, and they kiss,” he describes. ”It doesn’t get any better than that.”
He also describes an encounter with lemurs, captured in the photo below, which he posted to his Instagram account. “If you offer them bananas they’ll come,” says Gingrich. “I have this one picture of one sitting on my hat, and several others are on my shoulders and they’re all just waiting for the next banana.”
"Crossfire" returns to CNN on Monday, September 9, at 6:30 p.m. ET.
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