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Gorilla Grumbles: A Gorilla Conservation Spotlight Blog presented by Kong’s Keeper

October 02, 2018

Gorilla Grumbles: A Gorilla Conservation Spotlight Blog presented by Kong’s Keeper

Welcome to the first blog in our Gorilla Grumbles series from our undercover zookeeper: Kong's Keeper. We are excited to learn from this first-hand account of the daily life working with these amazing animals! Here's installment number one: 

Conservation is defined as the action of conserving something, in particular.  This includes the preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife.

All four sub-species of Gorillas (Mountain Gorillas, Grauer Gorillas, Western Lowland Gorillas, and Cross River Gorillas) are in need of help.  With threats including dwindling habitats, poaching, disease transmission, and even political instability, Gorillas are one of many species around the world that have become focal points for conservation work.  Both AZA-accredited zoos and field conservation organizations have devoted time, staff, and dollars to ensure that all gorillas around the world will survive, thrive, and be around for generations to come. 

 

Gorillas inspired me as a kid, which has turned into a lifelong devotion to learning about gorillas, working with gorillas, and championing their conservation.  My goal with this blog is to highlight many different organizations, individuals, and champions in the world of gorillas.  Zoo Keepers, curators, researchers, etc. will all have the chance to share their stories to learn more about the amazing work going on around the world.  I will be able to give tips connected to what you can do in your daily life that can impact not only saving gorillas but many other animals around the world.

Working in the world conservation is a job that can apply to anyone at any age.  If you have an affinity for creatures great and small, this is the job for you. 

Stay tuned for the next installment! 





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