Saving The Mountain GorillaPublished May 23, 2002 by OCR Editor
We are talking about an animal that shares 97% of our DNA and whose tragic demise is entirely preventable.
Uganda's strides to save the remaining 650 mountain gorillas on the planet have caught the attention of Lloyd's of London who has taken an interest in the matter.
On behalf of Lloyd's of London, a $20 million guaranteed lottery jackpot has been offered in attempt to save the gorillas. Wildlife Win, is a for- profit company that works towards saving endangered species and is mindful of conservation worldwide.
The company's original idea is to use the lottery and awards as a way to raise funds by using a commercial fundraising method.
The Nkuringos, a newly accustomed family living in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and home to half of the remaining mountain gorillas worldwide, is one of the Gorilla species that will benefit from this special lottery.
The special lottery has also allotted some of the proceeds towards the purchasing of a designated section of open grassland that is estimated to be around 12 miles long and 350 meters wide. The gorillas apparently wonder from Bwindi while looking for food and are exposed to human diseases and poaching. This land will hopefully work as a buffer zone in an attempt to contain the gorillas in a specified area.
Steve Quantrill , the CEO of Wildlife Wins say's , We are talking about an animal that shares 97% of our DNA and whose tragic demise is entirely preventable. The project is estimated to cost $500,000.