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Gorillas chairman reflects on a life in conservation
12 July 2012

The Gorilla Organization's indomitable chairman Stanley Johnson has documented his life in conservation in a new book, to be released this summer.Stanley Johnson and a rescued orang-utan in Borneo

'Where the Wild Things Were: Travels of a Conservationist' sees the Greenpeace medal-winner cross the globe and meet both local conservation heroes and the endangered species they are fighting to protect. 

With him we discover the horrors of horse fighting in the Philippines, sit at the feet of Amazonian tribal elders, track pandas in rural China, and learn of the plight of the world's remaining great apes, including the mountain and lowland gorillas.

Stanley's dedication to wildlife over the years has led him to be widely-regarded as a pioneer of the global environmental movement. As well as his work for the Gorilla Organization he also serves as an ambassador of the United Nations Convention on Migratory Species and was awarded the Greenpeace Prize for Services to the Environment. 

Stanley Johnson on the summit of Kilimanjaro

Just last February, at the age of 70, Stanley climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in the name of conservation. Upon reaching the summit, he commented: "As chairman of the Gorilla Organization, mymain concern is raising funds for gorilla conservation. Colleagues on the ground in Africa work incredibly hard to protect the gorillas and their habitat and they need all the financial help we can give them, especially during these turbulent times."

'Where the Wild Things Were' is available as an e-book from July 14 and in hard-copy from July 18. Click here to pre-order a copy from Amazon. Also, look out for Stanley's article in the Sunday Times this Sunday (July 15).


for further information or photographs contact:

David Hewitt, Communications Manager
The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, Nw1 8HX
Tel: 020 7916 4974
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