moutain gorilla holidays PHOTOGRAPHY & WRITING BY IAN WOOD

"The worst thing that can happen is not energy depletion, economic collapse, limited nuclear war, or conquest by a totalitarian government. As terrible as these catastrophes would be for us, they can be repaired within a few generations. The ongoing process that will take millions of years to correct is the loss of genetic and species diversity by destruction of natural habitats. This is the folly our descendants are least likely to forgive us."
Edward O. Wilson

Why It's Important

There is something about having eye contact with these peaceful vegetarians that just makes you think. They are one of humankind's closest relatives in the animal kingdom sharing 96.4% the same DNA as us. This perhaps gives us a moral obligation to ensure their survival. But more importantly they are a keystone species and a symbol for the threatened rain forests that are their home.

If we can protect the orangutan we also save literally millions of insects, thousands of plants and hundreds of birds and mammal species. But ultimately we also help human beings. These forests are important for the people that live in or near them. But there are also wider implications of their benefit to the world as CO2 sinks.
The work of the Orangutan Foundation is vital to ensure that there is a future for the orangutan and its habitat and I'm proud that these trips have contributed tens of £1000's towards their projects. Please visit their website for further information on their projects: www.orangutan.org.uk

How this trip makes a difference

A minimum donation of £350 per person from this trip is donated directly to the Orangutan Foundation whose work over the last 20 years has helped to ensure that these great apes can have a future in the wild. We also only employ local guides and boat crew to make sure that income from this trip filters down to people who live in or near this national park.