When Imani the gorilla was in labor with her first baby, all seemed to be going well. Keepers and veterinarians at the Safari Park were there, monitoring her progress as nature took its course. With her contractions two minutes apart, the birth should have happened at any moment, but several hours later, it was clear the mother-to-be was in distress.
Imani needed help.
From our field station in Cameroon, Dr. Bethan Morgan and her team work tirelessly uniting local people to help save their local wildlife, including a tiny population of the newly discovered Ebo gorillas. She established Clubs des Amis des Gorilles (Gorilla Guardian Clubs), which are voluntary, community-run clubs near the gorillas’ habitat. These guardians monitor the gorillas’ activities and note any threats to them. The team also conducts outreach and education projects that build community pride in the gorillas and the forest. By engaging surrounding communities in preserving wildlife, we are working with our partners as a unified team to save these special apes.