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Western lowland gorillas, like Djala are threatened with extinction due to habitat loss, poaching and the bush-meat trade. Gorillas can climb trees, but are usually found on the ground in communities of up to 30 individuals. These troops are organised according to fascinating social structures. Troops are led by one dominant, older adult male, like Djala, often called a silverback because of the swath of silver hair that adorns his otherwise dark fur. Troops also include several other young males, some females, and their offspring.
Djala was rescued from certain death by The Aspinall Foundation. He was born a wild gorilla, sadly within the first 6 months of his life he lost his mother and family to poachers. Djala moved to Howletts in 1986, one of the last gorillas to be legally exported from their native country. Djala has taken leadership and fatherhood in his stride. He is proof that out of bad can come good.
Djala is now on a journey. Back to a protected area in Africa. Back to the wild. Djala’s journey has already taken him 3500 miles from Kent to Africa and onto a 10 acre island in order to habituate to the climate and habitat. They are being closely monitored to enable us to make suitable plans for the future.
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