There's no arguing that animals should be free to live in their natural, wild habitats whenever possible, but much of the inspiration upon which Mariah Saves Gorillas is built would not be possible if it were not for my access to local Zoos that have enabled me to watch and study the animals I love in my own community. Let's face it.... Zoos and Aquariums the world over have brought humans closer to the animal kingdom than ever would be possible. In fact, many zoos have become important conservation partners that continue to make wildlife research and protection efforts possible. That said, I feel some special thanks are in order:
To the Buffalo Zoo- for their willingness to accommodate my love for gorillas by inviting me for a special behind-the-scenes tour of their Gorilla habitat. This up-close-and-personal glimpse of the gorillas has fueled years of my continued work in the name of gorilla conservation and protection. Thank you to Dr. Donna Fernandes and all of the wonderful staff at Buffalo Zoo!
And to Zoo Atlanta- which I had the indescribable pleasure of visiting in April 2009, not only meet the instrumental staff of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund USA, but also to see their IMPRESSIVE population of gorillas joined in one of the largest captive habitats in the world. Thank you to Beth Morford,Clare Richardson & Tara Stoinski for for the invitation to come visit and for taking the time to meet with me!
Its a Jungle out there!!
There is a wealth of information online about what Zoos and Aquariums are doing to support animal conservation. Many of the Zoos in the United States (and the world over) provide fascinating information about our endangered animal friends, and bring you the best in virtual visitation through webcams and interactive technology. There’s so much to see, do, and learn if you just know where to look. So Mariah Saves Gorillas decided to bring the best zoos (and the gorillas found there) to YOU.