Did You Know?

SIlverback Western Lowland GorillaWe share an incredible world. We have a responsibility to protect these animals for our children, their children and the generations that follow.  

Did you know?

  • Many animal species throughout the world are becoming increasingly rare and endangered through loss of habitat, poaching and pollution
  • Every hour, three species disappear. The cause; human activities
  • The world's animals and plants are being killed off by humans faster than new ones can evolve
  • It is a sad fact that 1 out of 4 mammals are threatened with extinction

The Aspinall Foundation is the charity working with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks together we help provide a solution:

  • We have successfully returned western lowland gorilla and black rhino, born at the wild animal parks in Kent, back into protected areas in the wild
  • We protect 1 million acres of habitat in Congo and Gabon where the charity has reintroduced over 50 western lowland gorilla and celebrated 24 births. It was in 2004 that we celebrated the first ever birth for a reintroduced gorilla. We have returned 9 gorilllas, born in Kent, back to the wild. In 2013 a family of 10 gorillas, led by the silverback Djala, will start their journey back to Africa.
  • There are less than 2,000 Javan gibbons in the wild. The Aspinall Foundation has built a new project in Indonesia to rescue, rehabilitate and reintroduce Javan primates such as the gibbon back into the forests of Java. In 2013 the charity reintroduced 6 Javan langurs and 1 Javan gibbon born at the wild animal parks back to the Java Primate Project.
  • The greater bamboo lemur is native to Madagascar and is considered one of the rarest primates in the world with only 600 currently known to exist in the wild.  The charity is now protecting over half of the total known population, and this has resulted in the greater bamboo lemure being removed from the list of the 25 most endangered primates in the world for the first time in a decade . 

We can't do this alone:

  • It costs £1,000,000 to manage our overseas projects in Africa, Java and Madagascar protecting critically endangered primates
  • The Aspinall Foundation is independent of Howletts and Port Lympne and relies on the kind support of people just like you to fund the critical work we are doing overseas

Please DONATE today

"It's not alarmist to talk of possible extinction. But if we act now, act fast, there is a real chance we can save them." Damian Aspinall, Chairman, The Aspinall Foundation