With the successful transfer of three beautiful young mountain Gorillas from the Port Lympne Wild animal Park in Kent, England to their new half way home, an African nature reserve in Gabon thanks to the brilliant work of the Gorilla charity the Aspinall Foundation.With mountain Gorillas facing the possibility of extinction with issues such as poaching, deforestation, war, and disease, conservationists are thrilled that the three gorillas are doing well putting on weight as they eat the now readily available foliage. The western gorillas’ population carries on being wiped out in the wild – the species is on the ‘critically endangered list’ and will be extinct by 2020 if the amount of them continue to reduce at the level they are at present.
Their cousins based in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Rwanda and Uganda the mountain Gorillas are also suffering the effects of human expansion and have seen their numbers dropping dramatically over the years reaching desperately low numbers recently.Mountain Gorillas unlike their hardier cousins Chimpanzees do not weather changes to their environment, with stress effecting them in a fatal way. Stressed Gorillas tend to become depressed, leaving them very susceptible to illness which they rarely recover from. Our sensitive giants cousins need our help to ensure they do not just fade into extinction through our lethargy.The Young Gorillas born in Kent are now housed in small dormitories within a protected area of the jungle where they are led round their enclosure daily to help them grow in confidence and get used to providing for themselves (when I say enclosure I mean a large area of forest that they become accustomed to). Eventually the young Gorillas will break out of the enclosure and when they are completely ready released into the wild.
The main thing just as with humans, is developing the confidence within these Gorillas to ensure that they are completely and utterly at home within the wilderness so that they know how to look after themselves without needing the input of humans to keep them alive. Only at that point are you truly able to say that these animals are ready to become wild and this is the amazing work that the Aspinall Foundation are helping to carry out.