Gorillas in Our Midst -- Gorillas Find Sanctuary in the North Georgia Mountains

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 In the Mountains

Joe and Oliver make two unlikely Cinderellas. After having spent the first part of their lives in zoos, Joe and Oliver were whisked away from unhappy lives by their 'fairy godparents,' Jane and Steuart Dewar, to Gorilla Haven, a 324-acre spread in the North Georgia Mountains, just outside of Blue Ridge. Here they are given space to roam and loving care to help heal the emotional scars of their past.  

Unable to peacefully co-exist with his fellow gorillas, Joe was relegated to solitary confinement in a concrete cell for 10-years. Born at the Bronx Zoo in 1988, Oliver, who was born deaf, was unable to communicate with his fellow gorillas and had to be separated from the others for his own safety. At Gorilla Haven, both have finally found a life of peace.

The Dewar's have underwritten the cost of building the facility on their own, to the tune of millions of dollars. The state-of-the-art compound -- the only privately-owned gorilla sanctuary approved by the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums -- has 15-foot high concrete walls and 10,000-volt electric fences to ensure that the gorillas don't leave the compound. Not that they'd want to.

Gorilla Haven is normally closed to the public, but the facility will open its doors on select dates in 2009 for fundraising tours. Tours will be limited to 25 people, and the donation will be $50 per person, with family-plans available.

Here is the nformation about the tour:

  Gorilla Haven


 For more information, please visit www.Gorilla-Haven.org.

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Rainmaker
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JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
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That's pretty neat, I hope those two are doing well.

Mar 01, 2009 12:18 PM #1
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Wow! This sounds like an amazing place and the Dewar's sound like amazing people; they make pretty good Scotch too. These creatures are very fortunate to have found these new caretakers.

Mar 01, 2009 12:20 PM #2
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

JL & Rich: Yes, the Dewar's are incredible. Joe, Oliver and company are very lucky indeed!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 01, 2009 12:29 PM #3
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Patricia Kennedy
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Kim, what a great story.  Glad Joe has a new home where he can really roam around and swing from trees!

Mar 01, 2009 12:33 PM #4
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Donna Yates
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Kim:  I don't know about you but I get a lot of jabs about Blue Ridge having a retirement haven for gorillas but it really is a great idea and I, for one, am glad these magnificent creatures have a loving place to go and live out their years.

Mar 01, 2009 01:28 PM #5
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Patricia: The Dewars are truly amazing! We should all have champions like them!

Donna: I'm with you 100%. I feel priveleged to have such an esteemed facility in our community!

Thanks for stopping by, ladies!

Mar 01, 2009 06:58 PM #6
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Jane Dewar

THANK YOU for your kind comments and for helping us to promote our fund-raising tours. We are struggling now more than ever and can use all the financial and moral support we can get, so your kindness is very much appreciated!!

Mar 02, 2009 03:01 AM #7
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Debbie Malone
Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management - Lynchburg, VA
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Kim, this is wonderful! Taking the Gorilla Sanctuary fundraising tour would be an excellent experience.I hope lots of money is raised.

Mar 02, 2009 02:24 PM #8
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Jane: We'll keep doing whatever we can for your worthy cause!!

Debbie: I hope so too. This is an amazing -- and expensive -- facility, but it is the only one of its kind in the world. I, too, hope that lots of money is raised.

Thanks, ladies, for stopping by!

Mar 02, 2009 11:37 PM #9
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Linda Ragland

Is this sanctuary still open? I have a life-size gorilla statue, (it weighs about 200 pounds), that they might want.
Thanks,
Linda Ragland - lindaragland@windstream.net

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