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Mr Gorilla and Bill Oddie to return for GGR17!
03 August 2017

World record holder 'Mr Gorilla' will join celebrity conservationist Bill Oddie and hundreds of conservation fans for the 2017 Great Gorilla Run

After making headlines around the world for being the first person to crawl the entire length of the Virgin London Marathon, Mr Gorilla is back – and this time he’ll be joined by hundreds of other conservation fans for the 2017 Great Gorilla Run in London on Saturday 16 September.

Now in its 15th year, the unique event will once again see wildlife defenders don full gorilla costumes and run, walk, jump or even crawl an 8km course through the heart of London. The route will take the gorillas past the Tower of London and City Hall and over Tower Bridge, with huge crowds of tourists set to cheer them on along the way.

Once again, TV personality, celebrity conservationist and Great Gorilla Run Ambassador Bill Oddie will start the runners on their way, and, along with Mr Gorilla, he will be waiting at the finish line to hand them their medals.

"This is the most fun event happening for conservation anywhere in the world," Bill says. "Every year, I am truly bowled over by the enthusiasm people have and their determination to help save this wonderful animal from extinction."

All of the money raised through the Great Gorilla Run goes to support the Gorilla Organization, an international conservation and development charity that has been running projects in central Africa for more than 25 years. To date, around £1.5 million has been raised to support frontline gorilla ranger patrols, as well as gorilla research and community outreach programmes.

"Thousands of people have taken part in this incredible event, raising vital funds and global awareness of the plight of gorillas in the wild,” explains Jillian Miller, Executive Director of the Gorilla Organization. "This year looks set to be an amazing event, especially since we will all give Mr Gorilla a much-deserved hero’s welcome."

Registration for the 2017 Great Gorilla Run is now open to both individuals and teams at www.greatgorillarun.org. Fancy dress on top of the compulsory gorilla suit is highly encouraged, and corporate teams are welcome to promote their brands and get on board as event sponsors.

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
www.gorillas.org