Go go Gorilla!
Eleven-year-old Addy Barrett was in first grade when she read a book about endangered mountain gorillas. And decided to do something about it.
Addy began launching fundraising events and internet campaigns to raise money and spread the word about the threats facing gorillas. She has made posters, held several lemonade and bake sales, and created an informative and entertaining website. She titled the website “Gorilla Heroes.” She even sold custom Gorilla Hero shirts, hosting a Gorilla Gala and starting various social media campaigns. Her latest project – #GorillaHi5 – encourages gorilla lovers from around the world to share a selfie giving an ‘air high-five’, showing support for these awesome apes!
So far she’s collected nearly 30 selfies from 15 different countries — isn’t it amazing!
It’s thought that there are only 1,000 mountain gorillas left in the wild, due to habitat loss, poaching, and diseases passed on by humans.
We share a whopping 98% of our DNA with the majestic mountain gorilla, which means that many of the diseases that humans carry can easily pass on to gorillas — who haven’t built up the necessary immunity to protect themselves from these illnesses.
Addy even hosted a Gorilla Gala with gorilla-themed games, crafts, a raffle, and a gorilla relay race — raising over £700! So what are you waiting for, go join her campaign.
Gorillas are the largest primates in the world with females weighing about 200 pounds and the males double that figure.