Target: Felix Ndagijimana, Director of the Karisoke Research Center
Goal: Thank conservationists for helping to increase number of gorillas in the wild.
Mountain gorillas are making a comeback partially due to tourism. This is good news since scientists predicted these animals would be extinct by the end of the 20th century.
Money from the tourism industry has helped to fund conservation efforts and has helped to get struggling communities back to a stable economic point. Because of this, a lot less humans are venturing into forests to look for firewood or places to build their farms, better ensuring that areas where gorillas live remain intact. In addition, tourism dollars have funded the cost of guards patrolling areas where gorilla poachers frequently go, making it so many poachers are stopped.
There are also many veterinarians who help gorillas in the wild, which has likely helped them in their recovery. For example, many veterinarians have saved gorillas from snare traps that were intended to catch other animals.
Conservationists’ main goal is to increase “positive human influences” with the animals. Their efforts must be working, as the number of gorillas has increased from around 540 animals in 1985 to about 880 gorillas today.
Sign this petition to thank Felix Ndagijimana and all the other people who help to track and rescue gorillas, as well as the rest of the ForceChange community and other activists for doing whatever possible to increase gorilla populations. Without their help these beautiful apes would likely not have a fighting chance.
Dear Mr. Ndagijimana,
Due to the insightful thinking of conservationists and the tourism industry, gorilla populations are said by scientists to be increasing. This is certainly news to celebrate, as many people predicted gorillas would by now be extinct.
The tourism industry has helped to increase the population of these animals by helping local communities better thrive economically and—in turn—less people are destroying forests to look for firewood or to try and find new places to build homes. Money from tours of national parks has gone to pay guards for patrolling areas where gorilla poachers are thought to frequent. In addition, vets and conservationists have worked hard to track and rescue animals that need help because of impending medical issues such as snare traps.
While increasing the number of gorillas in the wild is a slow process due to things such as mothers only giving birth every four years, it is exciting to know that the number of gorillas has increased in the wild by over 300 animals since 1985.
The animal rights community would like to thank you for everything you have done to help these magnificent animals increase in number. If it wasn’t for your hard work and efforts, it is quite possible that gorillas would no longer exist.
[Your Name Here]
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