HELP SAVE THE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
Africa’s mountain gorilla (Gorilla beringei beringei), one of man’s closest relatives, is in peril. In recent years, their plight has become more precarious due to poaching, political instability and deforestation. In September of 2007, the World Conservation Union – the world's most respected authority on the plight of Earth's plants and animals – moved the mountain gorillas from its Red List of Endangered Species from the endangered list to the critically endangered list. They are one of the world’s rarest animals, with only about 880 remaining in the wild. About 480 gorillas live in the Virunga Volcanoes Massif, which combines Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, DR Congo’s Virunga National park and Uganda’s Mgahinga national park. About 400 gorillas live in Bwindi’s Impenetrable National Park in Uganda. They aren’t found anywhere else on the planet; they are not found in zoos, as luckily, they cannot survive in captivity.
Help LCA Reach Our Current 2015 Fundraising Goal of $25,000!
LCA is committed to keep the Africa’s Mountain Gorillas safe by continuing to provide badly needed equipment to help in the conservation and protection of the gorillas. LCA’s current campaign is aimed at raising $25,000.00 to buy and ship Reconyx HC500 Hperfire surveillance cameras. The cameras will be fitted in Bwindi’s Impenetrable National Park in Uganda to monitor both gorillas and other wildlife and poachers who enter into the protected area. Poachers will be apprehended and arraigned in courts of law which will instill fear in those intending to poach. These undetectable water proof stealth cameras will operate 24 hours a day capturing and delivering quality images and enabling observation of wild animals without disrupting their environment.
Please help LCA reach this goal by donating today. A generous anonymous donor has pledged a $5,000 matching donation towards this goal.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
1. Donate Online! Click here to make a donation online! Make sure you type “Gorilla” in the comment box on the online form!
3. Donate by Mail! Mail your contribution to Last Chance for Animals at 8033 Sunset Blvd #835, Los Angeles, CA 90046. Make sure you write “Gorilla” on your check!
4. Consider this a challenge! Pass the word on to your colleagues, friends and relatives. Let them know you are raising money to help conserve the Mountain Gorillas in Africa and ask if they can help!
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Please help us reach our goal of $25,000 by contributing today!
Your contribution will help save an entire species!
READ ABOUT LCA'S PRIOR GORILLA CAMPAIGNS
2014 Goal Reached – New Motorola Aerial Communication System
In 2014, with your help, LCA succeeded in purchasing and shipping a new Motorola Aerial Communication System to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority (UWA). This updated radio equipment has had a significant impact on the safety of the gorillas as the coverage and speed of radio communications has vastly improved for all park operations, especially patrols. The new Motorola Aerial system came complete with 11 VHF Aerial Outstations, 11 Motorola DP4400 VHF Desk Top Units and 50 Motorola DP2400 VHF Portable Digital Radios.
The quote below is from Pontious Ezuma, Conservation Area manager for Bwindi’s National Park in Uganda:
“I, on behalf of Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area would like to pass on to LCA a special appreciation for this great donation that has all of a sudden improved our communication system within the Conservation Area. Our monitoring of the habituated groups of gorillas and the tourism has hence been boosted. This alone has also boosted staff morale which will go a long way in conserving the wildlife in the protected area and particularly so the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
We are looking forward for further close working relations to continue to protect the wildlife of this park and Uganda at large. Thank you and thank you again!”
Conservation Area Manager
Bwindi Mgahinga Conservation Area – Uganda
Motorola DM4400 VHF Desk Top Unit
Typical Outstation Configuration
2012 Goal Reached - 22 Garmin Units and 271 Rain Suits
In 2012, with your help, LCA was able to provide 22 Garmin Map GPS units and 271 "Bang for your Buck" rain suits to the Ugandan Wildlife Authority. The GPS unit is manufactured by Garmin International, one of the world's leading manufacturers of cutting-edge navigation and communications devices.
|Senior staff checking GPS units and ranger field force distributing units to
patrol outposts and gorilla monitoring points.
|UWA team wearing the rain suits supplied through LCA donors.|
2008 Goal Reached – 120 Garmin eTrex Legend!
In 2008, with your help, LCA was able to provide 120 very specialized Garmin GPS units, the eTrex Legend HCx (including accessories); 80 units to Rwanda and 40 units to Uganda. The unit is a particularly rugged version that is dependable for pinpointing locations.
2006 Goal Reached – 100 Motorola GP340 Radios
In 2006, with your help, LCA was able to provide 60 Motorola GP340 handheld radios to the UWA in Uganda and 40 to the Rwandan Wilflife Authority (RWA) in Rwanada – specialized equipment that allows them to monitor the gorillas to know where they are at all times. The radios allow for daily tracking to keep them safe and protect them from poachers and illegal activity.
The radios enabled the UWA and the RWA to cover a larger territory and extended communication to an area that had previously only received messages via foot. The UWA told LCA this “closure of the gap” added immensely to their conservation efforts of the mountain gorilla.
Africa participates in “Eco-Tourism;” tourism that provides revenue through gorilla trekking both in Uganda and Rwanda. Revenue earned through tourism benefits both the mountain gorilla and surrounding communities and helps the local people understand the value of the gorilla’s continued survival. Gorilla treks are very restricted and help to fund future preservation efforts of the mountain gorillas and fund community project – schools, roads, clinic and community center.
To learn more about the African mountain gorillas and gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda, please visit www.ugandawildlife.org and http://www.rwandatourism.com.