A personal plea from Fauna & Flora International (FFI) vice-president Sir Attenborough as he asks the world to help save the mountain gorilla. With your support, FFI & the International Gorilla Conservation Programme can protect this Critically Endangered species and help its population reach at least 1,001 individuals.
In return for your support we are also offering a selection of exclusive perks, including signed items by FFI vice-presidents Sir David Attenborough, Stephen Fry and Rove McManus.
Our Work Protecting Mountain Gorillas
The International Gorilla Conservation Programme (IGCP) is the coalition of conservation partners which FFI established with Sir David Attenborough in 1978 (then called the Mountain Gorilla Project).
The project fosters cooperation across national borders and empowers communities to monitor, protect and benefit from maintaining a healthy population of mountain gorillas.
Fauna & Flora International are committed to supporting this programme for as long as it takes to ensure the survival of mountain gorillas, protect the forests they inhabit and enable local communities to develop sustainable livelihoods.
This campaign closes on the date of FFI's 110th anniversary - 11 December 2013. To mark this special occasion we want to give 110% commitment to the IGCP, so we need your help to raise at least £110,000 for this vital work.
Your Support Can Help
Your support will enable us to work with our conservation partners and communities across borders in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda to do three vital things:
1. Ensure that the gorilla’s habitat is protected, so that they have a place they can thrive;
2. Support the development of responsible, sustainable tourism so that local communities directly benefit from the income that comes from responsible gorilla tourism; and
3. Ensure that this work is supported by rigorous scientific research and an enabling policy environment.
Your contribution will help us to:
- Reduce poaching by 50% by 2016
- Keep 780km2 of mountain gorilla habitat intact
- Ensure there are 1,001 mountain gorillas in the wild by 2018
In return for your support we have come up with some unique perks!
We’ll keep adding new perks to the campaign up until it closes on 11 December – so do keep checking in with us to make sure you don’t miss out on any unique opportunities!
Orang-utan prints are now available as perks as part of the campaign!
Limited edition prints by wildlife artist Martin Aveling and only 10 available. Grab yours now!
A message from Sir David Attenborough
"I first went to film mountain gorillas in Rwanda in 1978 for the BBC’s Life on Earth television series. Spending time with these gentle creatures in their natural habitat was a profoundly moving experience. It was abundantly clear, however, that a lethal cocktail of threats including poaching, human encroachment and habitat loss was driving these magnificent, gentle creatures to the very brink of extinction.
"I was so deeply concerned by the plight of the mountain gorillas that I came to Fauna & Flora International for urgent discussions about how we could prevent them from disappearing for ever. With only around 250 mountain gorillas remaining in the Virungas Massif at this time, we knew we had to move fast.
"FFI brought together a group of conservation partners who,alongside the communities that live closest to the gorillas, have worked tirelessly to protect them and the forests they inhabit ever since.
"Thanks to this collaborative approach their population is steadily rising and today there are around 880 mountain gorillas in the wild. But these extraordinary animals are still Critically Endangered and there is much left to do if we are to ensure their long-term survival.
"By supporting this campaign and promoting it through your networks, you will not only be helping to secure a future for mountain gorillas, but also the tens of thousands of Rwandan, Ugandan and Congolese people who have come to depend upon them for their livelihoods and wellbeing."
Sir David Attenborough, Fauna & Flora International vice-president
Other Ways You Can Help
We need as many people to get behind this campaign as possible and not just with money.
Please spread the word through your networks – Indiegogo have made that really easy by providing excellent share above – and by using #1001gorillas on social media.
How about having a word at work or school to get our campaign link up on your website or intranet?
Maybe you’d like to contribute something amazing we can offer as a perk? We can add perks throughout the campaign – so get in touch!
Thank you for all of your support – we can’t do it without you!
The Campaign Team