Gorilla Haven -- An Urgent Message

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21 In the Mountains

Oliver Eating Apple

North Georgia mountain's Gorilla Haven -- the only privately-owned gorilla sanctuary approved by the National Association of Zoos & Aquariums -- is in great financial need right now.  

The above video shows one of Gorilla Haven's residents -- Oliver -- thoughtfully eating his apple snacks. 

This amazing facilty, built and maintained by Jane & Steuart Dewar, offers a home to gorillas that were born and raised in zoos, but who were ultimately labeled 'misfits.'  You can read more about Gorilla Haven in this great article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "A Misfit's Sanctuary." 

Please read this poignant letter from Jane Dewar and consider helping in some way:

Dear Gorilla Haven Friends and Supporters,


THANK YOU for your support after our first email appeal in December. We sincerely appreciate everyone who donated and even the supportive emails from people who couldn't afford to donate funds, but offered kind words. Both Steuart and I are working 7 days a week to make sure Gorilla Haven succeeds and we need your help now more than ever.

While we negotiate with the zoo world, which is struggling with their own economic crisis, our costs continue to rise as our income declines. Fund-raising is now a necessity if Gorilla Haven is to continue.  We're asking for your help - whether you live locally or internationally, there's something you can do, if you're willing....

Here are some ideas:

  • Perhaps you can donate again? Every donation helps, and 100% goes straight into operating costs, which we have stripped down to the essentials.
  • Perhaps you can spread the word about the fund-raising tours and/or our website?
  • Perhaps you can hold a bake sale or garage sale to benefit Gorilla Haven?
  • Perhaps you can offer to find grant money or help us find sources of grants? Grant writing is a full time job, and we simply don't have the time or the experience!
  • Perhaps you can try to raise funds or awareness for Gorilla Haven on Facebook, Twitter or other internet sites? I already have a Facebook account, as well as a Facebook group "Friends of Gorilla Haven" - but we need help getting the word out!
  • Perhaps you can contact the media to see if they'd be willing to do a story about Gorilla Haven? We have some stories coming out, but  media like PEOPLE magazine don't think we're worthy of a story, since we only have "two gorillas." A producer from the Ellen Degeneres Show called, but never called back, and even Animal Planet has expressed an interest, but nothing has happened. The more people who inquire about us, the better.


Whatever you can do, it will be put to the best use here. With the world struggling, it may not seem that important to care about a couple of gorillas in North Georgia. But Gorilla Haven is so much more than that. With your help, we can continue to help save an endangered species, while showing the Power of One Person to make a  difference.

Thank you!

Jane Dewar, Founder of Gorilla Haven

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


 


 

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Marilyn Harrell
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Even gorillas are worrying about where the next meal is coming from! What a boat!

Mar 10, 2009 03:52 AM #1
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Marilyn: I know...no one is exempt. It would truly be a sad day if Joe and Oliver became homeless through no fault of their own...

Thanks for stopping by!

Mar 10, 2009 04:15 AM #2
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Rich Dansereau
Positive Real Estate Professionals - Knoxville, TN

Wow! I just read your post on this haven recently and thought how great it was that a place like this existed...and now it might not. That is truly awful. You might get a more notice of this if you post it in the Blog For A Cause group. I am going to re-blog this on my Rich Talks Real Estate blog as it gets a wide, international readership that may be of some assistance. The re-blog will also go into my Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace. I have Stumbled this post so you should see your hits or visits to this site go off the wall. Hopefully others on AR who also Stumble will give it the thumbs up.

Mar 10, 2009 03:27 PM #3
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
Century 21 In the Mountains - Ellijay, GA
Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Rich: Thanks, my friend...I would hate to see this facility have to shut its doors. I will definitely post this to Blog for a Cause, and I appreciate so so SO much your re-blogging it on your site (which I will now go visit, thank you very much!). 

Joe and Oliver thank you too!

I appreciate you!

 

Mar 11, 2009 12:16 AM #4
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Chris Fisher
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I'll do what I can, though it's not much.  Poor babies.  Thanks for bringing our attention to this organization.

Mar 11, 2009 04:34 AM #5
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Chris: If we all do what we can, we WILL make a difference! 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Mar 11, 2009 06:31 AM #6
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Donna Yates
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Kim:  I didn't know.  Thanks for helping to bring more public awareness to this issue.  Being the animal lover that I am, I will do my part in promoting this effort.

Mar 11, 2009 10:15 AM #7
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Kim Southern- "Sold" with Southern Hospitality
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Greetings from the North Georgia Mountains!

Thank you, Donna...I hope we local gals can help out in some small way -- or big! 

 

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