GUY THE GORILLA.

I WAS 3 YEARS OLD AND I WAS LOOKING INTO THE DARK EYES OF A LOWLAND GORILLA.

MY PARENTS HAD MOVED TO CRICKLEWOOD AS MY FATHER HAD BEEN STATIONED THERE. HE WAS AN M.P. IN THE ARMY.

I REMEMBER THE JOURNEY ON THE TUBE TRAIN AS WE MADE OUR WAY TO LONDON ZOO, THERE ARE 3 THINGS THAT I WOULD COME TO  REMEMBER ABOUT OUR VISITS TO THE ZOO, THE JOURNEY, GUY THE GORILLA AND BEING URINATED ON BY A SCRUFFY LOOKING LION. BUT IT IS GUY HIMSELF THAT I REMEMBER SO VIVIDLY.

TO KEEP A LONG STORY SHORT, WHILE WE LIVED IN LONDON MY MOTHER TOLD ME HOW I WOULD DEMAND A VISIT TO SEE GUY THE GORILLA,NOT TO THE ZOO YOU NOTICE, BUT TO SEE GUY. MY MOTHER TOLD ME THAT DURING AN 18 MONTH STAY IN LONDON SHE DELIGHTED ME WITH AT LEAST 18 VISITS TO SEE HIM. HE HAD CAPTURED BOTH MY EVER SO YOUNG IMAGINATION AND MY HEART.

HE WAS ABOUT 2/3 YEARS OLDER THAN MYSELF. LIKE MANY OTHER PEOPLE  I FOLLOWED HIS LIFE WITH MUCH INTEREST. IT WOULD BE SOME 20 YEARS LATER THAT I WOULD SEE HIM AGAIN, I WAS 23 YEARS OLD AT THE TIME AND I THINK IT WAS THEN THAT I REALIZED JUST HOW MUCH I DISLIKED ZOOS.

DURING MY ADOLESENCE I WOULD READ THE BOOKS OF TARZAN OF THE APES AND GUY WOULD OFTEN APPEAR IN MY THOUGHTS, IN SOME WAY I FELT AN AFFINITY WITH HIM AND WHY NOT, AM I NOT AN APE MYSELF.

I REMEMBER HOW SAD I FELT AT THE NEWS OF HIS DEMISE IN 1978 DUE TO HEART FAILURE WHILE VISITING THE DENTIST, (COINCIDENTALLY I HAD A TOOTH  EXTRACTED ONLY YESTERDAY) SO, IT WAS WITH GREAT SADNESS AND ANGER THAT I READ ABOUT THE RECENT MASSACRE OF A FAMILY OF HIGHLAND GORILLAS. READ ON AND BE MOVED.

Mountain gorilla family shot dead

Friday 27 July 2007

A family of mountain gorillas, including a pregnant female, were found shot dead in a Congolese national park this week, ZSL can confirm. We have now obtained photographic evidence of the massacre

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The bodies of one silverback and three female gorillas, including one who was pregnant, were discovered on Sunday (July 22nd) in Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Conservation workers later found an injured baby gorilla which is now being cared for by vets in the town of Goma, just outside the park.

The gorilla family was well known to conservationists and villagers outside the park and had been named the Rugendo family, after the silverback. The group frequently roamed out of the park and into neighbouring villages to eat crops, but the villagers were used to them and would bang on pots and pans to scare them back into the park. Conservationists are confident they would not harm the gorillas as they have always shown great respect for them.

We are calling for an international independent investigation into the massacre to aid local efforts to find and punish the culprits before any more gorillas are killed.

There are estimated to be less than 700 mountain gorillas left in the world and the death of these gorillas is a severe setback to the conservation efforts ongoing in the country.

ZSL Bushmeat and Forests Conservation Programme Manager Dr Noelle Kumpel said: “The loss of a pregnant gorilla, two breeding females and a silverback is a devastating blow to the already beleaguered mountain gorilla population. If this pointless slaughter goes on we could be looking at the extinction of this wonderful and charismatic species in the near future.”

The ZSL Bushmeat and Forest Conservation Programme works in a number of countries to protect forest species from poaching and other threats including habitat loss. In DRC the society works in partnership with the ICCN (Congolese Conservation Institute) to help manage Virunga National Park and protect the wildlife in it.

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16 responses to “GUY THE GORILLA.

  1. Really sad…..errrr…… I hope these guys are rottening somewhere.
     
    I once watched a film on the life of Jody Fosey. She studied these wonderful creatures and was murdered because she dared to speak.
     
    That’s incredible how we humans can be so miserably acting.
     
    That’s so sad……

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  2. Really sad…..errrr…… I hope these guys are rottening somewhere.
     
    I once watched a film on the life of Jody Fosey. She studied these wonderful creatures and was murdered because she dared to speak.
     
    That’s incredible how we humans can be so miserably acting.
     
    That’s so sad……

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  3. Really sad…..errrr…… I hope these guys are rottening somewhere.
     
    I once watched a film on the life of Jody Fosey. She studied these wonderful creatures and was murdered because she dared to speak.
     
    That’s incredible how we humans can be so miserably acting.
     
    That’s so sad……

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  4. Really sad…..errrr…… I hope these guys are rottening somewhere.
     
    I once watched a film on the life of Jody Fosey. She studied these wonderful creatures and was murdered because she dared to speak.
     
    That’s incredible how we humans can be so miserably acting.
     
    That’s so sad……

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  5. Coffee With Kate

    Good morning Kenny,
    Thank you ever so much for my birthday wish; Clifton house was ‘awash’ with friends and family. It was an enjoyable week and enjoyable week-end. 

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  6.  Looks like you’ve been busy since my last visit.  Sorry I just haven’t had a chance to blog.  I have one I was working on, but seems so stupid when there are so many important things to blog about.  My Space started as just an on-line journal of sorts, but that seems a little frivolous now.  Not that we shouldn’t indulge ourselves in frivolity at times, for that is also good for the soul.  Hugs with all you are going through.
    Blessed Be from a good witch.

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  7. Bittersweet on-the-hill.

    Hi Kenny…..a great informative read. Man can be a very destructive animal.  It is sad to read – and all for greed.
     
    I am well and enjoying some delightful weather at the moment. We went from brutally hot and humid to pleasantly clear and cool. Today a high of 80, and clear and sunny.
     
    Our puppy is keeping us busy. I had forgotten how much work it is!  Must be getting old!   But once through puppyhood I think we’ll be ok.
     
    We are enjoying the fruits of our labor. Fresh tomatoes from the garden and corn from the local market.  And how do you trump a cucumber salad with fresh dill!   Laughing with you.
     
    I hope you are well. Take care of yourself and breathe deeply.    Bittersweet

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  8. Hi Kenny,
    Just stopping by to wish you a great weekend. The wolf I think is walking all the way to your house I thought :) May have to jump a ship to get there. He should arrive soon I think so make sure you watch for him 😉
    Hope you are well and having a blast dong something you love , like hunting?
    Stop by when you can , I know your a busy man.
    Hugs always
    Lisa x 

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  9. Hello Kenny ,
              Thank you for your lovely visit to my space. I hope you & yours are all keeping well.
      Well this morning my Hubby got the newspaper & he just wouldnt let me see it , then he told me why ‘gosh how could eneyone do such a terabel thing to such WONDERFUL ANIMALS its just like killing a human being, them merderus should be strung up for doing this terabel thing to such a WONDERFUL ANIMAL FAMILY  im to uset to say eneymore .
     take care love from Shelly xx
     

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  10.  oh my god Kenny……………..there are so many different meaning to this blog…..I’ve lived in London with people around that think this is the utter most exotic and fantastic meat thank god it got closed down ………… but for some at  least  in zoo life they get bloody rescued gotta horrible cruelty that humans put on them………god it really does piss me off  that it is us that do!!!!!! god karma is a real this I hope happens to people that have inflicted  that pain on an animal……………

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  11. Coffee With Kate

     
    Good Morning Kenny,
    Quickly skidding around a few blogs this morning to say hello, it has been a while, my busy schedule needing to take priority.
    Thankfully because of the life style of my parents I was blessed to experience these wonderful creatures in the wild where they belong. The savages that cull them will themselves attract bad endings.
    Take care and enjoy the rest of your week and it seems a little sunshine too.
    xxx

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  12. This is a very moving Blog , I agree with all you have said here. It has to stop. Its so sad.
    The movie Gorillas in the Mist was one I will never forget . It was a moving life account Im sure you are well a ware of . Hope all is well Kenny.
    Hugs from Across the Ocean. to you.
    Lisa 

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  13. That just totally pissed me off.  I hope they bring in as many forensic and balistic experts that it takes to identify and punish the evil doers.  I am not ordinarily moved by the plight of animals I regret to inform you, for it is the plight of humans who have suffered in war, famine and from homelessness which are the causes I am likely to champion.  However Kenny, this is downright murder, and needs to be brought to the attention of the world.  By the way I remember the news of your friend Guy because it was reported on the news in Boston where I was living at the time.  I am not sure why I remember that when I can’t remember what I had for lunch half the time.  Yikes!  I like the way you Space is looking.
    Blessed be,
     

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  14. Hi Kenny
     
    It is very sad to read this report about what has hapened to these beautiful creatures, how could anybody do such a thing, the murder took place in a National park where they should have been safe.   Let us hope that care will be taken of the remaining baby and it will be braught up to return to the wilde with in the peramitors of the National park, and the culprits are found and punished so it cannot hapen again.
     
    On another note I was not aware that you had ever lived in the capital, did you ever dare venture into Essex?
     
    Love Suki x

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  15.  such a beautiful creature…
    *~*   :o) smiles are contagious…  :o)  so pass one on …  :o)  soon the whole world will be smiling… :o)   *~*

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