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Bristol Zoological Society’s appeal to raise £10,000 to help orphaned gorillas in Africa has got off to a flying start.
In four days more than £2,400 pounds has been donated to the fund to help pay for new enclosures for the gorillas in Cameroon.
The orphaned western lowland gorillas are 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 worked for the past 20 years.
The rescued gorillas have now grown-up and need three bigger enclosures in which to live and remain safe.
A team from Bristol Zoological Society is heading to Cameroon early in February to help build the enclosures.
Dr Grainne McCabe, head of field conservation and science at Bristol Zoological Society, said: “We are really grateful to everyone who has supported our appeal so far but it is vital that we raise the rest of the money as soon as we can.”
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.
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Bristol Zoological Society has been working on the conservation of western lowland gorillas in the wild since 2003 and also participates in a breeding programme which has seen two gorillas born at the Zoo since 2016.
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