The project S.O.S Gorilla has been created to raise funds to help the gorilla preservation. Thanks to the support of the Barcelona Zoo and Eaza (European Association of Zoos And Aquaria), we’ ve found an association who will make sure the funds will help the endangered ape, Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe.
Since 1984, the Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe has been dedicated to the conservation of gorillas, especially the mountain gorillas, and their habitats. The Board consists of three honorary members who contribute their skills and experience in different disciplines. As project planning has to incorporate not only biological but also economic, social and political aspects, this multidisciplinary approach is very important. They focus their work on the eastern gorillas by supporting projects contributing to the conservation of these animals. Occasionally, they also support projects for the conservation of certain populations of western gorillas that are particularly at risk.
In addition, they support research activities of (predominantly local) scientists. With competent members the Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe also takes part in population censuses and ecological studies. Finally, they provide necessary equipment to support the important work of the rangers. Whenever possible, they cooperate with other international organisations also concerned with the conservation of the last remaining mountain gorillas, considering a constant exchange of information between all parties working for the threatened gorillas as very important.
Another important goal of this organisation is raising the general public’s awareness of the problems of gorilla conservation and the changing situation in habitat countries. One way of doing this is through our newsletter Gorilla Journal, which was published for the first time in 1992. It is printed twice per year in German and English (presently also in French).
Their work is financed by donations (as the one they’ll get from S.O.S Gorilla) and members’ contributions. They are recognized as a non-profit organisation in Germany.
More info: Berggorilla & Regenwald Direkthilfe