Powerful, majestic, so mysterious yet strangely familiar, no other animal reminds us so well of where we come from.
As we look to the future we are shaping (decimating, one might say) for future generations, our primate ancestors are in dire need of our help today. Equestrio Foundation’ community of followers heard their call and voted for a project for the protection of gorillas. Done! Let’s head now to the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In the Kahuzi-Biega National Park, the association Gorilla works to preserve eastern lowland gorillas (Graueri’s gorillas) by supporting the eco-guards in charge of protecting them and by raising the awareness among the local population of the importance of safeguarding these primates. This action is a response to the urgency of the situation. With 77% of the gorilla population having disappeared in just 20 years and less than 4,000 individuals surviving, these venerable primates are in critical danger of extinction.
The cause of this hecatomb? Humans, guilty of a sad fratricide. Gorillas are seeing their natural habitat decimated by deforestation. Wood harvesting, agriculture and urban development are slowly destroying Africa’s forests. Unabated poaching also condemns our primate cousins to a cruel fate…
Equestrio Foundation decided to support the association Gorilla by financing the purchase of paramilitary equipment (uniforms, backpacks, raincoats, boots, etc.) for the 300 or so eco-guards who work in the park, often risking their lives to protect these primates and their ecosystem.
Founded in 1986, in the wake of Dian Fossey’s assassination, the association Gorilla works in the footsteps of the famous primatologist and participates, from France, in the protection of gorillas and other great apes in Africa.
Gorilla works in particular in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda to fund anti-poaching patrols, to finance projects in collaboration with the governments of both countries, to protect the gorillas’ natural habitats and to carry out actions with the local inhabitants to raise awareness for the importance of preserving these primates and biodiversity.
The association is composed entirely of volunteers and its resources come solely from membership fees and donations from its members and partners.Visit the website