All posts tagged: gorilla

Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation – winner announced

Virginia McKenna OBE, co-founder of the Born Free Foundation, has presented a prestigious  award to Jackson Mbeke, Director of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education (GRACE). in recognition of his outstanding contribution to conservation. The Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation, now in its sixth year, is awarded to individuals and […]

Europe’s oldest silverback gorilla turns 56

Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire helped Nico the western lowland gorilla celebrate his 56th birthday this weekend. Keepers marked the special occasion by providing Nico with a selection of presents and a birthday cake made out of bananas and courgetttes which they topped off with carrot candles. Nico is believed to be the oldest silverback gorilla […]

Nico the gorilla gets in a flap at Longleat

A pair of Canada geese got Longleat Safari Park’s  silverback lowland gorilla in a flap when they tried to nest on his island home recently. Nico, who is around 55 years old and Europe’s oldest gorilla, clearly didn’t take kindly to the uninvited geese trying to invade his home. The amazing encounter was captured on […]

Rwanda celebrates annual gorilla naming ceremony

This September, it was Kwita Izina, the annual baby mountain gorilla naming ceremony that celebrates Rwanda’s unique conservation success.  This celebration serves to acknowledge just how important the mountain gorilla population is to the entire region, and the significance that Rwanda places on its environmental sustainability practices and ecotourism sector. Kwita Izina is one of the reasons that […]