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have in common?
and wooly mammoths
What do gorillas
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be extinct...
They'll BOTH
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...if we fail to
The Gorilla Project wants to save the forests and prevent deforestation in Africa's Congo Basin

WHY "The Gorilla Project"?

A picture of a baby gorilla in the brush in the Congo Basin The Belgian Congo established Virunga in 1925 as one of Africa's first national parks. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage site with lush volcanic forests, unparalleled biodiversity, and home to the endangered species of mountain gorillas. Poaching, logging, and armed conflicts in the DRC have hurt the park rangers' efforts to protect the gorillas. Hundreds of rangers have been killed over the years. In early 2020, they were on their way to the park when they saw a civilian vehicle on the side of the road. They stopped to offer assistance and fell into an ambush orchestrated by the rebel group called the "Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda". The rebels murdered 17 people, including 12 rangers. According to Abdi Latif Dahir of the New York Times, these rebels are among the largest foreign armed groups in the Congo, whose members include people wanted for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Rebel groups and business interests are intentionally trying to destabilize the region. By preventing the rangers from protecting the mountain gorillas, they open up the park for corporations to illegally exploit the oil, charcoal, and other natural resources abundant in Virunga. The park's director, Emmanuel de Merode, was shot and wounded in 2014 when he complained about an oil company's illegal activities. Check out this clip of him discussing the gorilla massacre of 2008.
The park had to be closed in 2018 when rebels killed a ranger and kidnapped two tourists in an attempt to discourage tourism in the region. Officials also had to temporarily close the park in March 2020 because the gorillas were susceptible to catching COVID-19.
The Gorilla Project believes that saving gorillas will prevent climate change.

WHAT are they doing?

The Gorilla Project is throwing its hat in the ring to help spread the word about the plight of gorillas. Imagine if we had a collective of like-minded creatives who could mobilize themselves at a moment's notice. We could create films, memes, articles, and podcasts.To see an example of the production quality we are aiming for, check out this Vice report that we like.
Our dream is to create a vast network of creators to ensure the public has a daily flow of information. Click the "Play The Interactive Film" link above to see the film we made in the rainforests of Gabon. Our goal is to return to the Congo Basin to make another interactive film as soon as travel restrictions are lifted.
The Gorilla Project wants to raise people's awareness about the ecology of the rainforest.

HOW can you participate?

We wanted to reach out and invite you to our upcoming challenge!
Are you an Artist? Graphic Designer? Filmmaker? Writer?     We are launching a challenge for all you content creators to get the word out and help us raise awareness to save the gorillas! IF you're up for the challenge… Step one: CLICK THIS LINK (or click the "JOIN US" button you see above and below) and sign up to let us know who you are and what your specialty is! Step two: Keep an eye on your inbox for your first instruction on the project. Step three: Follow #TheGorillaProject on all your social platforms to watch the world come together to Save the Gorillas. Suppose, for whatever reason, you don't think you can create content, or you're not interested in directly helping us get the word out about #TheGorillaProject. In that case, you can still participate by following us on social media and sharing our contest progress on your profile!

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The Gorilla Project needs a few brave people to join us in the fight to save the western lowland gorilla. Do you have the courage and the skills to join us in this endeavor? Volunteer today to make this planet a better place!

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