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Help us save the eastern lowland gorilla

Posted on: 22.08.11 (Last edited) 30 August 2011

Appeal off to a strong start but more help needed

Fauna & Flora International (FFI) has launched an urgent appeal to help save the eastern lowland, or Grauer’s, gorilla.

The population of the eastern lowland gorilla has plummeted from 17,000 to less than 2,000 in the last 15 years, and one of the world’s rarest great apes is now facing extinction.

The appeal, supported by Fauna & Flora International Vice-President Sir David Attenborough, seeks to raise £82,200 in order to carry out scientific surveys in the Maiko and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks in the Democratic Republic of Congo. This is the first crucial step in protecting these elusive apes from complete extinction. Surveys will enable us to understand the population of surviving gorillas, the threats they face and, crucially, what can be done to protect them.

With only weeks left until the close of the appeal, the response has been strong, with more money arriving by the day. Total funds raised won’t be finalised for several weeks, but so far we have raised almost enough to equip the programme with a much needed 4×4 vehicle so rangers can get around the National Parks quickly and safely to monitor the gorillas.

There are still vital things on FFI’s shopping list we hope you will help us with:

£2,000 is needed to pay for the training of ten rangers in up-to-date biomonitoring techniques.

£600 is needed to help buy a GPS-embedded mapping device, so rangers can map the Maiko and Kahuzi-Biega National Parks and accurately assess the threats to gorillas.

£240 could equip two rangers with all the specialist equipment needed to monitor gorillas overnight.

£70 could provide rations of food and drink for two rangers for two whole weeks in the field.

£50 could help equip a gorilla monitoring team with one fully stocked medical kit.

More money is still needed. Please help us reach our target of £82,200 by donating here.

Written by
Ally Catterick

Ally worked in media management and PR for clients including comedians Eddie Izzard and Ed Byrne before becoming Publicity Manager for the Melbourne International Arts Festival. Strategy and communications for conservation organisation Greening Australia and her role as Unit and Company Publicist for production company Roving Enterprises followed, until she was introduced to FFI upon their arrival in Australia in 2008. Ally became a founding board member – until moving to the UK to become the organisation's Communications Manager. Ally is now FFI's Deputy Director of Communications and oversees all communications for FFI globally.

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