The UN hopes to improve the situation of these apes by celebrating 2009 as the Year of the Gorilla. Action will be taken to better their habitat and to bring on peace in the areas where gorillas live. One such a solution is to create eco-tourism programs in order to develop sustainable habitats and avoid armed conflicts and illegal hunting. Convention executive secretary Robert Hepworth says that the initiative hopes to attract at least $630,000 dollars in donations.
The world-renowned great ape conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall is the official campaign patron. In the UK, the Year of the Gorilla 2009 Campaign will be launched at the Ice Rink of the Natural History Museum in London on Thursday 15th January 10am-12noon. YoG2009.org explains that a small troupe of ice skating "gorillas" will put on a display for the international media in a bid to draw attention to the dwindling number of gorillas living in the wild and the multitude of threats they are facing. The real gorillas, like those performing at the Natural History Museum, are skating on very thin ice! Via ::Discovery Channel ::YoG2009.org
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