The Gorilla Organization works internationally to save the world’s last remaining gorillas in the wild by funding small grass-roots projects, run by local African partners, that tackle the real threats to the gorillas’ long term survival.
Today, gorillas are threatened, not due to a demand for their meat or their infants, but due to a demand for the lush forest in which they live. For the poverty-stricken communities around the gorilla habitat, it is the gorilla forest that provides them with many of their fundamental human needs. But, sadly, the collection of basic resources such as water and firewood is destroying the gorilla habitat and, in turn, the gorillas.
At the Gorilla Organization, they understand that if gorillas are to have a realistic chance of survival in the context of Africa’s significant challenges, conservation and poverty alleviation need to happen side-by-side. And so they work with local communities to find alternative resources to those found in the forest, lessening encroachment into the gorilla habitat and lifting local people out of poverty.
Their grass-roots approach to gorilla conservation is sustainable, holistic and has a long-term effect.
How you can help
The best way to support the Gorilla Organization is to make a donation, adopt a gorilla or alternatively take part in their biggest fundraising event London’s annual Great Gorilla Run. Taking place every September since 2003, 750 people (the number of mountain gorillas left in the wild) run, walk or dance 7km around the river Thames dressed as gorillas!
“It is the most fun event for conservation anywhere in the world,” says British conservationist and TV personality Bill Oddie.
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The Gorilla Organization has received support from the following celebrities: