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🔵Maestro's Notes: I took a short detour from the ocean today and did some editing to compress this absolutely heart-warming video into a minute. This was filmed November of last year on location in Gabon courtesy of Wildlife Conservationists Damian Aspinall @damian_aspinall and wife, Victoria Aspinall @victoriaaspinallofficial
of The Aspinall Foundation @theaspinallfoundation
World Gorilla Day creates the opportunity for people all over the world to come together in celebrating the gorilla, and more importantly, taking action to protect gorillas in the wild.
2017 was the inaugural year for World Gorilla Day and it also marked the fiftieth anniversary of Karisoke Research Center, operated by The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI). Established by Dian Fossey, Karisoke is the longest running gorilla field study site dedicated to the conservation, protection, and study of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. There are many great organizations and individuals dedicated to fighting for their survival, but greater awareness and investment are essential to gaining ground for gorillas. World Gorilla Day strives to be a rallying point for bolstering appreciation and action for these great apes.
For 2018, an added focus of World Gorilla Day was on taking action for gorillas locally through electronics recycling, with proceeds from recycling efforts going to Gorilla SAFE, a conservation initiative which brings together scientists and stakeholders to identify the threats, develop action plans, raise new resources and engage the public in protecting gorillas in the wild. Funds will support on the ground protection efforts for Grauer’s and Cross River gorillas, the two subspecies of gorilla in most need of help right now. Zoos, conservation stakeholders, & other interested organizations are invited to join the annual celebration every September 24 and help give a voice to one of our closest relatives.
For those of us who love gorillas just like Victoria Aspinall and Dian Fossey, please visit The Aspinall Foundation @theaspinallfoundation and The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (DFGFI) @s