I am reaching out to you as one of a special group of supporters who stand out as caring deeply about animals.
Today I am asking you to help six orphaned gorillas take their final flight to freedom.
Pinga, Serufuli, Itebero, Ntabwoba, Dunia and Tumaini were all rescued from poachers and need our help to return to the wild.
They are between 5 and 9 years old and have outgrown their temporary facility in Rwanda. Now they must be flown back to their homeland in the Democratic Republic of Congo where, after a quarantine period to assure their readiness, they will be able to have access to native forest land to prepare for eventual freedom in the wild.
IFAW has pledged $30,000 for this flight to freedom, supporting the renowned Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, who has built the wonderful GRACE Center in the DRC, a state-of-the-art facility on 350 acres where the gorillas will learn how to survive in the wild in preparation for their long hoped for release.
What an incredible moment that will be!
I am asking you to be a partner in that moment - to help me sponsor one of the world's last gorillas back into the wild - where he will be free to create a family group, to have gorilla babies, to help increase the numbers of the last of these beautiful animals.
Your gift will also help us continue our critical work rescuing, rehabilitating and releasing animals in crisis.
Can you please donate today?
If you could help sponsor one gorilla with a donation of $100 that would take him from Rwanda back home to his native Democratic Republic of Congo it would be a miracle to that animal and other animals who need us so much.
Moving wild animals and ensuring their safety is a costly process requiring skilled veterinarians, pilots and animal caretakers. There must be, of course, expert veterinary support and that is provided by the dedicated staff of the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project. We must rent a helicopter to make the flight to Kasugho, DRC, near the GRACE Center, six times, equipped with a specially built gorilla enclosure inside; the gorillas must be acclimatized to their travel crates and carefully sedated for their flight.
And, then, very soon ...
FREEDOM IN A PROTECTED FOREST AREA, THANKS TO YOU.
Could you possibly help sponsor one gorilla's flight to freedom for $100? If I could get just 300 people to answer yes, the gorillas will be home.
I know it is a lot to ask, but this is a ground-breaking project to help six orphaned animals achieve freedom ... and to help a wonderful species who have been brutally poached for their meat and for their body parts - hands and skulls -- to be sold as "trophies." Many thousands of these gorillas have been killed in the past 15 years.
Of course I am enormously grateful for any donation you can make. $25, $50 or $100 will be such a help to this and IFAW's other lifesaving projects to save animals in crisis around the world.
Please say yes to these six gorillas. Pinga, Serufuli, Itebero, Ntabwoba, Dunia and Tumaini deserve a life of freedom in the wild.
It will mean the world to them.
Thank you from the six gorillas and all the animals who benefit from your generous support,
P.S. Tumaini's name means "hope" and that is what you will give her by showing your support. Please help. Whatever you donate will mean so much.