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On a sunny Sunday evening, we played host to a line-up of well-known comedians at our annual Giggle for Gorillas event, in aid of gorilla conservation.
Jon Richardson, famed for his regular appearances on ‘8 out of 10 cats’ took to the stage alongside Australian comedian Adam Hills of ‘The Last Leg’, witty and observant comic Sally-Anne Hayward, Bristol’s own rising star George Rigden and Northampton born comedian Andrew Bird.
Mark Olver compèred the evening and introduced the comedians to an intimate audience of just over 1,000 people.
The event took place undercover on the Zoo’s main lawn and the audience was invited to explore the Zoo before the comedy started.
Bristol Zoo’s Director of Conservation, Dr Christoph Schwitzer said: “We were delighted to host Giggle for Gorillas for a second year running, following the success of last year’s event headlined by Russell Howard. The event has a very important charitable objective at its core and we are incredibly grateful to all of the acts who gave up their time for free to be involved. We have been involved in primate conservation since the late 1990s and Giggle for Gorillas was designed to raise money for Western Lowland gorillas, which we work very hard to conserve in the wild.”
Nowadays, the wild population of Western Lowland gorillas is estimated to be somewhere between 90,000 and 110,000 animals. Many gorillas are killed for the bushmeat trade, with their meat sold to traders in towns and cities. The Ebola virus is also causing problems in some areas and logging of forests is widespread.
Christoph added: “We help fund a rescue centre for orphaned apes and work with local communities to help create a more sustainable future for both wildlife and people. Using the money raised through Giggle for Gorillas we can help to conserve and protect this endangered species.”
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