5 Reasons Mountain Gorillas Need Your Help Now!
- MOST THREATS TO THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS ARE FROM HUMANS.
- There are just over 700 Mountain Gorillas left on the planet and without your help, they could become extinct.
- MOUNTAIN GORILLAS ARE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED.
- Poachers set traps for other animals that harm the gorillas. Illegal loggers and charcoal producers cut down the only homes these gorillas have. Soldiers continue to fight a civil war in the same forest that holds over half of the remaining gorillas. Tourists introduce diseases that make gorillas sick.
- ZOOS ARE NOT AN OPTION.
- The complexity of the social development of mountain gorillas, as well as their particular dietary needs , make raising them in zoos difficult, if not impossible.
- GORILLAS ARE SOME OF OUR CLOSEST RELATIVES.
- Humans and Gorillas are genetically 98% identical.
- YOUR CHILDREN WILL THANK YOU.
- If mountain gorillas go extinct, we will all bear some responsibility. The time to act is now, while there is still hope.
10 Ways to Help the Mountain Gorillas
The two main ways you can help are through raising money and spreading awareness about the plight of mountain gorillas.
5 Ways to Raise Awareness
- Tell everyone you know.
- Put up posters in your school.
- Petition your local government.
- Ask for a "Mountain Gorilla Awareness Day" where conservation materials are available at municipal buildings.
- Sign the Act Pact.
- Have your class start a website or blog.
- Where you can speak directly to your peers about this issue.
5 Ways to Raise Money
- Host a "Gorilla Cookie Sale."
- Send the profit to a reputable organization such as Wildlife Direct or the African Wildlife Foundation.
- Host or participate in an athletic event.
- Such as a fun run or bike ride, where you gather sponsors and donations with the goal of helping the mountain gorillas.
- Distribute Mountain Gorilla Collection Cups.
- Give cups to stores in your area with a brief explanation of the peril the species is facing. Be sure to put a note of exactly where the money is being donated.
- Create and sell Gorilla Masks.
- Have your class design and decorate gorilla masks that can be sold at a school function.
- Run a Used-cellphone Collection Campaign.
- Lifeline for Africa refurbishes used cell phones for use by developing nations in Africa. Visit www.lifelineforafrica.com