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Why should I remember The Gorilla Organization in my Will?
Gorillas are among our closest relatives, yet these intelligent, gentle creatures live on the brink of extinction. Where once they roamed throughout tropical Africa, today they are stranded in isolated patches of rainforest, where competition for their habitat is one of the greatest threats to their survival.
The world’s last remaining mountain gorillas live in the lush forests of the Virunga Massif and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in central Africa, Grauer’s gorillas struggle in the war-torn jungles of the eastern Congo, western lowland gorillas are being squeezed out of forests at the far end of the Congo river, and a few hundred Cross River gorillas hide in the highlands on the border of Nigeria and Cameroon.
By leaving a legacy to The Gorilla Organization you will help to ensure that gorillas and their forest home are protected for generations to come.
Your gift will make a real difference to our gorilla conservation projects, tackling the long-term threats to the gorillas’ survival. For example:
£1,000 could provide materials for 350 Wildlife Clubs for one year, helping to educate the next generation of gorilla guardians.
£6,000 could fund a ranger patrol post in the gorilla forests of eastern Congo for one year.
£10,000 could build a protective wall between the gorillas' forest habitat and farmland, allowing the gorillas and their human neighbours to thrive in peace.
£100,000 could fund our basic programme of work in the Democratic Republic of Congo for one year.
How do I remember The Gorilla Organization in my Will?
If you have not already made a Will, your first step should be to consult a solicitor or visit an online Wills service. A Will is a legal document, and so seeking professional advice will help to ensure that your wishes are fulfilled.
See a solicitor
If you already have a solicitor please speak to them and ask them to update your will to include a gift to us. If you have a large or complicated estate or if you have complex needs – such as trust income, overseas property, or dependent relatives – you should also speak to a specialist solicitor. If you have concerns around your mental capacity you should discuss with a solicitor face-to-face. If your estate will be subject to inheritance tax (see here), you should also speak to a solicitor.
You can find a solicitor by going to the Solicitor Regulation Authority website.
Make a Will Online
We offer a free Will writing service though Make a Will Online. Their specialist solicitors check every Will and can deal with any questions you have. They will tell us when and how much has been pledged to us. We pay for Wills made this way but you will have the opportunity to leave us a donation to cover the cost. If you want to leave a gift so we won’t find out about it then please visit this online wills page instead of using the above link. Whatever you choose to do: thank you so much.
If you’d like to change your Will
If you have already made a Will but would like to add a gift to The Gorilla Organization, you can use a codicil. This is a legal addition to your Will that need not change the terms of your existing Will. You can download a codicil form here – please consult your solicitor before completing the form.
Please consider remembering The Gorilla Organization in your Will. Your legacy, no matter how large or how small, will help to secure a future for gorillas in the wild. It is a truly special gift.
Our full charity details are: “The Gorilla Organization” charity number 1117131 and our registered office is at The Gorilla Organization, 110 Gloucester Avenue, London, NW1 8HX