Western lowland gorillas are a critically endangered species and live in the heavy rain forests of southern Cameroon, the southwest corner of the Central African Republic (CAR), west Congo (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and south to the Cabinda enclave of Angola (north of the Zaire River).
You can adopt a gorilla for a one-off payment of only £18.99 and you will receive a wonderful gorilla adoption box containing these items.
Gorilla adoption box details
When you adopt a gorilla you will be helping the Aspinall Foundation to protect this critically endangered species and their habitats. You will also receive an adoption pack that includes:
- A gorgeous cuddly soft toy of your gorilla
- A personalised gorilla adoption certificate
- A world map showing the natural habitat of the gorilla
- A range of fun fact sheets
- A car sticker
- Free entry ticket to the Howletts or Port Lympne animal park
Threats and challenges to the gorilla species
The largest threat to the survival of the Western lowland gorilla species is the destruction of the gorilla’s natural habitat by man. Lowland and forested areas are being destroyed to make way for the production of food and livestock grazing. This increase in farming and grazing in the natural habitat of the gorilla as well as the expansion of human settlements is polarising and dispersing gorilla populations causing a threat to their survival. A further threat to gorilla numbers is caused by farmers slaughtering gorillas due to retaliation after the gorillas have raided their crops.
Commercial logging and the increase in petroleum exploitation in Central Africa is also causing the gorilla’s habitat to shrink.
Increasing human habitation in the gorilla’s habitat is also leading to an increase in hunting gorillas for bushmeat. This has been exacerbated in the Rwanda and Burundi regions by the influx of nearly 1 million refugees.
A 2006 study published in Science magazine concluded that more than 5,000 gorillas may have died in recent outbreaks of the Ebola virus in central Africa. This is in addition to a 2004 outbreak in the Odzala National Park, Republic of Congo which killed several hundred gorillas.
Viruses, poaching and habitat destruction all cast a significant threat over the survival of the gorilla species.
You will be adopting Djeke the western lowland gorilla who was rescued from a gang of bushmeat traders in the Congo by the Aspinall Foundation. He now lives in a protected animal reserve in the Congo managed by the Aspinall Foundation and is the dominant male in his group even though he is only 13 years old.
Djeke has some time before he matures to his full size and gets the distinctive “silver back” characteristics, but he more than makes up for his lack of size by intelligence and remains a calm and wise leader of the group.
He is the father of four babies born in 2006 and 2008. They were named Elonga meaning “success”; Bonsomi meaning “freedom”, Likamuisi meaning “surprise” and Elikia meaning “hope”. They are all thriving.
If you adopt a western lowland gorilla today you will be giving the gorilla species a chance of survival for the future. Just £18.99 will help to protect, feed, and keep healthy and enriched through play, the gorillas which are in care via The Aspinall Foundation around the world.
Where will my gorilla adoption donation money go?
The Aspinall Foundation works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in the UK to protect rare and endangered animals, and return them to protected areas in the wild. It is a sad fact that humans are likely to cause the extinction of a quarter of all known species in the next 20 years, unless we work together to protect them now.
Animal adoptions make wonderful ethical gifts so why not treat a friend or family member to one of the fantastic gorilla adoption boxes and be safe in the knowledge that you have contributed towards helping the gorilla species to survive.