Sir David Attenborough: Help us save the mountain gorilla

Help us protect this Critically Endangered species & increase mountain gorilla numbers to over 1,000 individuals in the wild.
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Gavin Shelton
Environment
Cambridge
United Kingdom
10 Team Members

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

The Perks

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

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£28,883GBP
raised by 595 people in 1 month
26% funded
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£110,000 GBP goal
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This campaign ended on December 13, 2013
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  • SOLD OUT

    £18GBP
    Postcard from Kigali

    You will receive a warm thank you postcard directly from the IGCP team in Kigali, Rwanda. Price includes postage to anywhere in the world.

    50 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • £25GBP
    Discounted FFI membersip

    A year's membership of Fauna & Flora International at the deep discounted rate of £25. (Standard rate in 2014 will be £40.) Includes the beautiful Fauna & Flora Magazine, which is not available elsewhere. Your first year's subscription will be restricted to mountain gorilla conservation.

    45 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £35GBP
    IGCP baseball cap

    Show your solidarity for mountain gorillas by sporting the official uniform cap of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme team. Very cool! One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    34 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £49GBP
    Beautiful handwoven basket

    These miniature handwoven baskets (see gallery) are made by the artisan weavers of Nkuringo, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Not only are they beautiful baskets but your contribution will directly contribute towards a sustainable income for the weavers. One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    5 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • £75GBP
    Gorilla photographic print

    A magnificent mountain gorilla printed image (A4 size) on top quality professional paper. The image is by renowned wildlife photographer Juan Pablo Moreiras. One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    10 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £99GBP
    Hand carved gorilla statuette

    Your contribution will get you a charismatic, hand carved wooden gorilla from Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda - but that's not all! You'll also be supporting the artisans who carved your gorilla to make a living from their craft. One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    22 out of 110 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £110GBP
    IGCP Fleece

    These cosy fleeces are the official uniform of the International Gorilla Conservation Programme and not available to the public. Size large (which equates to medium in European, US and Australia). One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    14 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £140GBP
    Last Chance To See - signed!

    A copy of the book which accompanied the 2009 series Last Chance to See with Stephen Fry and Mark Carwardine - signed by FFI vice-president Stephen Fry! One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    1 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: January 2014
  • SOLD OUT

    £160GBP
    Signed copy of 'Africa'

    A copy of the book to accompany the BBC television series, 'Africa', signed by Sir David Attenborough. One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    30 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £245GBP
    Orang-utan prints (limited)

    Wildlife artist Martin Aveling lived in the shadow of the Virunga Volcanoes with mountain gorillas as his neighbours. This fine art print of the Asian great ape is a limited edition of 30, signed individually by the artist and with certificate of authenticity.

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £300GBP
    "New life stories", Sir David

    A copy of Sir David Attenborough's book, "New Life Stories", signed and personalized by Sir David with a personal dedication. One shipping price included for anywhere in the world.

    14 out of 20 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • £12,000GBP
    Bespoke gorilla trekking trip

    We'll develop a bespoke itinerary* to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda in August 2014. Guests will stay at the indescribably wonderful Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge – a community owned gorilla tourism enterprise - and be guided by expert wildlife guide Simon Ball. Includes visits to community projects supporting gorilla conservation, time with the IGCP team, flights, transfers, food and accommodation.*Subject to changes - please ask us!

    0 out of 8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
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