Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas are left in the world today. We need your help to ensure the future of this most iconic of animals.
One of the world’s strongest and mightiest creatures has become one of the most vulnerable. Despite the ongoing successes in our work to protect Africa's mountain gorillas, their numbers are perilously low. The mountain gorilla is a breathtakingly magnificent animal, but without continued protection the species will simply not be able to survive.
You may already know about the special place that the mountain gorilla plays in Fauna & Flora International’s history. In 1991 Sir David Attenborough joined with us to help set up the International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP), as detailed in the video below. IGCP aims to ensure cooperation across national borders and park boundaries to preserve mountain gorillas. Now the programme urgently needs our support as they work to protect extremely vulnerable mountain gorillas.
Their vital habitat is at risk and needs to be protected. Forests have been destroyed for agriculture and access to other natural resources. As the forests shrink, there is more chance of infections spreading, as infected animals will come into contact with each other.
There are other threats too. Some gorillas can lose their lives due to unselective hunting, where traps set for duikers (a species of antelope) or other animals can kill or maim gorillas. Waves of conflict have also led to the dumping of ammunition and other dangerous materials across the forests.
But there is something we can do, right now. A gift from you today could help us pay for equipment, training and rations to help the ranger patrols clear invasive plant species, metal, plastic and animal traps to make these areas safe for the gorillas. They will also monitor the gorillas to spot any signs of disease before it spreads.
We are also working with local populations to ensure that people live in harmony with the gorillas, developing alternative livelihoods and sustainable agricultural solutions that won’t destroy habitats. For instance, we are supporting the planting of buffer areas that can prevent gorillas entering agricultural land and coming into conflict with the local people. We also help to ensure gorilla tourism is carried out in a safe and sustainable way, as this is another vital source of income for them.
Please do join our efforts by supporting our work as soon as you can. With just 880 or so mountain gorillas left in the wild, tomorrow may be too late.
How your donation helps
£10 could pay for a first aid kit...
...to help a ranger injured in the field.
£180 could help pay for a full kit...
...essential for rangers in the jungle environment.
£250 could buy a GPS sensor...
...to help monitor gorilla locations more accurately.