Sponsor Djongo and Mayombe, Western Lowland Gorilla
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Western Lowland Gorilla
Mayombe joined our gorilla protection project in Gabon in June 2019, fromZooParc de Beauval, France, where she was born. Mayombe was still very nervous of her new surroundings when Djongo first began to show interest in her at the beginning of November 2019.
Djongo, who was repatriated to Gabon from Port Lympne in 2013 has matured into a confident, healthy male. His presence had an immediate effect on Mayombe, and the love birds are nearly always together on their island in the middle of the river. Djongo has really helped improve Mayombe's confidence in her relatively new wild life and it is hoped the pair will eventually move into the forest on the mainland.
Your Adoption Really Helps
By adopting an Aspinall animal, you are helping to support our amazing overseas work and back to the wild campaigns.
What's included in your adoption?
Digital pack £25
Digital adoption pack including photocard and fact sheet about your chosen animal written by the expert team at The Aspinall Foundation.
Certificate of adoption
Adoption pack will be delivered straight to your inbox
Printed pack £35
18cm cuddly toy
Adoption folder including photocard and fact sheet about your chosen animal written by the expert team at The Aspinall Foundation.
Certificate of adoption
Please allow up to 14 days for delivery
Fun Facts about the Western Lowland Gorillas
Did you know they have 22 different types of hoots, barks and screams that all have a different meaning when communicating with other gorillas!
Diet & habits
Gorillas eat a wide range of plants, roots, leaves and fruits. Our gorillas receive over 150 different types of food.
Where they can be found in the wild
Living deep in the rainforests of West Africa, the western lowland gorilla is the most widespread of all of the subspecies. By living in the rainforests, they have better access to a wide range of food items like roots, bark, fruit and pulp.
Nearly 80% of all western lowland gorillas in the wild live in unprotected areas leaving them' vulnerable to poaching. They are now classified as critically endangered due to habitat loss and hunting for bushmeat. In 2000 it was estimated that the ebola virus wiped out a third of all gorillas in the wild.
How we're helping
The Aspinall Foundation manages a million acres of Congo and Gabon and reintroduces orphans of the bushmeat trade and gorillas from the parks here in Kent back to the wild.