Overseas Conservation Work

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Orphan gorilla babyOverseas Conservation Projects

The flagship project for The Aspinall Foundation overseas remains the work that we do in Congo and Gabon, Africa where we are protecting and reintroducing the critically endangered western lowland gorilla. Building on what we have learnt from these projects The Aspinall Foundation has protection projects in Java and Madagascar.

Djala a very special gorilla

In 1982 Djala, a western lowland gorilla was rescued from certain death in Africa, 31 years later he is returning back to the wild with his family; back to a safe, protected area managed by The Aspinall Foundation. 

Djala is a very special gorilla, not only has he fathered 14 offspring since his time at the Wild Animal Parks but Djala’s rescue was the catalyst for John Aspinall to set up the pioneering gorilla protection project in Africa which today has rescued and released over 60 gorillas and celebrated 27 births.

Click here to read Djala's story.

You can help the protect a species like the western lowland gorilla by taking up the One Mile Challengeclick here to find out more about how running, cycling, bouncing, scooting one mile can help gorillas like Djala go back to the wild.  

The problem

The number of western lowland gorillas continues to decline at an alarming rate.
The population of black rhino has reduced from around 65,000 in 1960 to less than 3,000 today.
Species are becoming extinct 1,000 times faster than they did before humans appeared.
Around four species become extinct every hour.
Over 11,000 species are threatened with extinction, including 1 in 4 mammals.
Just two decades ago there were up to 2,000,000 African elephants. Now, numbers of the earth's largest land mammal have plunged to around 470,000 - 690,000.

Part of the Solution

The Aspinall Foundation provides a safe environment that encourages rare species to breed in captivity, and supports the in-situ conservation of a number of critically endangered species, working closely with the respective countries governments and local communities to safeguard the future of these species.

In the Lefini Reserve, Congo the first birth from a reintroduced gorilla was celebrated in April 2004. Since then there have been a further 26 births at The Aspinall Foundation projects in Central Africa. They are the ‘births of hope' for the future of the western lowland gorilla, helping protect this species for future generations. We have also set up a wildlife law enforcement project in Congo in an effort to further improve conservation strategies in-country.

Their future is in all our hands...