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London goes ape for tenth Great Gorilla Run
25 September 2013

Hundreds of gorilla runners from all corners of the globe helped make the tenth Great Gorilla Run a resounding success.

Once again, celebrity conservationist Bill Oddie was on hand to see the gorillas off as they raced 7km through the heart of London, crossing over Tower Bridge and passing landmarks including City Hall, much to the delight of watching tourists.

As well as helping raise awareness of the ongoing plight of gorillas in the wild, the event has also raised valuable funds to support the Gorilla Organization's award-winning conservation and community development projects in Africa. The 2013 run is on course to have raised an incredible £100,000, taking the total amount raised by Great Gorilla Runners over the past ten years close to the £2 million mark.

Once the final gorilla had crossed the finish line, prizes were awarded to the furthest-travelled gorilla – with the winner travelling from Australia to take part – and the best dressed male and female gorillas, while Bill also took to the stage to thank everyone for doing their bit for the world's last remaining gorillas in the wild.

"Seeing everyone dressed up as gorillas and going bananas never fails to lift my spirits," he said. "Sadly, the situation is still really quite dire for gorillas in the wild, so events such as this are vitally important if we are to save these wonderful animals from extinction."

The Great Gorilla Run will be returning in 2014, with registration set to open shortly.

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