:Mountain Gorillas

I love gorillas. I cannot look at them in the zoos because they haunt me. I hate when other people tease them, trying to get a rise out of them as if they are cute little spider monkeys apparently happy to entertain the crowds. A while back, in the Morris Animal Foundation newsletter, I came upon the following, scheduled to start today.

Excerpted from Morris Animal Foundation’s animalnews…

Visit the mountain gorillas of Africa
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July web cast brings the experience home

For decades, poaching, war and political instability have threatened the highly endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Cong. In February, these three African nations agreed for the first time to cooperate on a new 10-year plan to save these primates. Still, these magnificent animals face an uphill battle for survival – one that Morris Animal Foundation has been helping them fight for more than 20 years through its funding of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP). The MGVP provides in-field veterinary care, which along with other conservation efforts has helped to increase the population to about 720 gorillas.

We’ll give you an inside look into the lives of these amazing creatures as MAF COO John Taylor heads to the Virunga Mountains of Africa to see the project firsthand. Through a special Web feature, you can read articles, look at photos and watch video footage of the mountain gorillas. We’ll also host a Web cast where John and MGVP Director Mike Cranfield talk about their trip. Visit www.MorrisAnimalFoundation.org for details.

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One Comment on “:Mountain Gorillas”

  1. thomas martin says:

    The DRC is not safe. Every species must have diversity of area. How about a breeding colony in Tasmania? Or a part of Hawaii? Take 50 individuals there to preserve the species before they are gone. Real soon. Thomas.


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