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Did You Know…

…that ZEISS is Helping to Save Rare Mountain Gorillas?


Seen recently on TV: An eight-foot-tall, sinister-looking gorilla drew himself up to his full height in front of a crowd of people and announced its attack by drumming loudly on its chest. The people screamed and panicked, scattering in all directions. The gorilla has long been portrayed as a wild, untamable monster, but today we know better: gorillas are gentle giants and peaceful vegetarians. And they are facing the threat of extinction. However, aid projects have helped to increase the number of mountain gorillas in the past ten years. But what does ZEISS have to do with saving the largest species of great apes?

In the Congolese Virunga National Park, despite protection by gamekeepers and various wildlife organizations, gorillas still fall prey to poachers and rebels who have retreated to this region. Monitoring and surveillance of the huge territory involved represents a major challenge for the gamekeepers. Having the appropriate technical equipment simplifies the job. This is precisely why ZEISS is supporting an aid campaign launched by the renowned wildlife filmmaker Matto Barfuss by providing powerful binoculars and observation telescopes. This is how the manufacturer of high-performance optics is helping to save the mountain gorillas from extinction.

Experts estimate that only about 700 mountain gorillas are still alive. These vegetarians can grow to up to 5’7” in height and weigh as much as 200 kilograms. The critically endangered species lives in the Virunga National Park in the eastern part of Congo and in the Bwindi Forest of Uganda. They are at home in mountain forests at altitudes between 2,000 and 4,000 meters above sea level. This is the only place on earth where the subspecies of the Eastern Gorilla can be found. After all, there’s a reason why they are known as mountain gorillas!

2 June 2008

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