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Blackpool Zoo lend support to gorilla conservation
11 January 2018

The Gorilla Organization has gratefully received a donation of £2,500 from Blackpool Zoo, money collected over the course of 2017 from outside the zoo's own Gorilla Mountain enclosure. 

With the zoo having supported the Gorilla Organization's conservation and development efforts for many years now, this latest donation will be used to help fund field projects in Africa.

Welcoming the generous gift, Jillian Miller, Executive Director of the Gorilla Organization says: "While they may be more numeous than their mountainous cousins, lowland gorillas are still in deep trouble, with numbers critically low. In fact, all four sub-species of gorilla are now officially classed as 'Critically Endangered', which is one step away from being lost for good, so any support they can get is hugely valuable." 

A representative of the visitor attraction added: "Blackpool Zoo is proud to support the conservation projects led by the Gorilla Organisation.

"We house a family of western lowland gorillas here at the park and to lose such an iconic species would be devastating. Thank you for all your hard work. We look forward to continuing to support you in 2018."

Smaller than their eastern cousins, the western lowland gorilla is found not only in DR Congo, but also in Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Due largely to habitat loss, as well as poaching and disease - which they are at heightened risk of catching from humans due to the fact they live in the lowlands instead of up high in the mountains - numbers have fallen dramatically over the past few years.

Indeed, according to the most recent estimates, western lowland gorillas have suffered a 60 per cent population fall over the past decade, placing them on the brink of extinction. Given this, the Gorilla Organization is working to plant hundreds of thousands of new trees in and around the gorilla habitat; not only will this give the great apes the trees they need for shelter, it will also create a green buffer, keeping a safe distance between gorillas and their human neighbours. 

for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
Mobile: 07801 971123
david@gorillas.org
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