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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Reintroduced gorilla remembers human caretaker 5 years later...

I know, this goes against a lot of what we (think we) know about conservation: reintroduced animals don't have the skill set to survive in the wild, human-ape contact is dangerous - especially for disease transmission, spending money on reintroduction is the worst use of conservation funds, and so forth... But people thinking out of the box and doing "crazy" things has often been a harbinger of a lot of human progress and innovation...The fact is, they have reintroduced gorillas into the wild, after some false starts, they seem to have figured out how to do safely (and not affect wild ape populations), these gorillas, breed, feed and survive on their own in a nature is hard not to be impressed with the John Aspinall Foundation's efforts, perseverance and success! - MA

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From youtube:
In the African jungle, conservationist Damian Aspinall searches for Kwibi, a lowland gorilla he hasn't seen for 5 years. Kwibi grew up with Damian at his Howletts Wild Animal Park in England. When he was five, he was released into the forests of Gabon, West Africa as part of conservation programme to re-introduce gorillas back into the wild. Now Kwibi's 10 years old, much bigger and stronger.

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