lizbrownlee – poet

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G is for Gorilla

Photo by Christoph Würbel on Flikr.





There are 100,000 western lowland gorillas left in the wild – less than the population of Crawley, West Sussex.

There are 17,000 eastern lowland gorillas left in the world – the same population as Ripley, the fourth smallest city in the UK.

There are 880 mountain gorillas left in the world – the same population as a small comprehensive school.

There are 250-300 cross river gorillas left in the world – I don’t need to tell you how few that is.


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The wonderful photo at the top is © Christoph Würbel and is on Flikr.

Poem © Liz Brownlee

Information World Wildlife Fund, where you can adopt a gorilla.

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  1. A beautiful animal. Thank you for reminding us.


  2. This was lovely, the message and the prose:)
    Echoes of Olympus
    A to Z #TeamDamyanti


  3. What a lovely poem, a nice way for me to start the day. Nice to connect and follow through a to z


  4. Beautiful poem — your language employs a kind of delicacy about these big strong gorillas that perfectly conveys their (paradoxically) fragile existence.


  5. suepoemcat

    I do love Gorillas, really moving Liz.


  6. Liz

    The human race should treat apes with more respect, but we have been killing our nearest relatives for millennia and only some of us have a bad conscience about it.


    • It seems amazing to me that someone could kill a gorilla, or indeed any ape, looking into their eyes…


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