08/02/2018

Firms back Bristol Zoological Society’s £10,000 appeal for orphaned gorillas

A string of leading local companies have supported Bristol Zoological Society’s £10,000 appeal to help orphaned gorillas in Africa.

Seven of them have each donated £500 to the fund in aid of a gorilla sanctuary in the heart of Cameroon. 

Together these generous donations have helped to push the gorillas’ appeal total to almost £9,000.

They include Bentley Bristol which has its luxury cars showroom at Cribbs Causeway and has customers across Bristol, the South-West and the Cotswolds.

International law firm DAC Beachcroft also supported the appeal from their Bristol office on Portwall Lane, opposite St Mary Redcliffe church.

Another donation for the fund which will help pay for new enclosures for the western lowland gorillas came from Total Produce.

This company delivers fresh fruit and vegetables daily from depots in Bristol, Cardiff, Devon and Cornwall.

Local paving and surfacing contractor, A.P.Clark & Son, serving Bristol for over 125 years, also generously supported the gorilla appeal.

Another family firm, Mages Group, which is based in Cheddar and is a leader in electro-mechanical engineering in the south west, gave £500.

KAM Engineering, which is a family owned steel fabricating company from Trowbridge, backed the appeal.

And so did Fountain Timber Products, from Brockley Combe which processes and supplies garden timber products including fencing, gates, garden furniture, sheds and other garden buildings.

Every pound they have given will go towards helping orphaned western lowland gorillas,  the innocent victims of the brutal bush meat trade which sees thousands of adult gorillas slaughtered each year.

A total of 22 of these orphaned gorillas are being cared for by a sanctuary in Mefou National Park in Cameroon with which Bristol Zoological Society has supported and worked for the past 20 years.

The rescued gorillas need three bigger enclosures in which to live and remain safe because they have now grown-up.

A team from Bristol Zoological Society is currently in Cameroon helping to build the enclosures.

Dr Christoph Schwitzer, director of conservation at Bristol Zoological Society, said: “We are really grateful to every company and every individual who has supported our appeal.

“The money they have given will make a real difference and help to safeguard the future of these amazing animals.”

She said the new enclosures will be built in the forest allowing the gorillas to live in a natural habitat and will enable several family groups, and younger male bachelor gorilla groups to have their own spaces.

Western lowland gorillas are listed as Critically Endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species and without the efforts of sanctuaries like the one in Mefou National Park they could be lost forever.

If you would like to make a donation please go to our Virgin Giving page at: www.Virginmoneygiving.com/fund/gorillaappeal

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