We are extremely saddened to hear about the death of Nico, Longleat's much-loved western lowland gorilla. 🦍
Nico, who was one of the oldest silverback gorillas in the world, passed away in his sleep on 7th January.🦍 At Tusk we work with a number of project partners to help protect gorillas and conserve their environment.
Over the years Tusk has worked with The Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) in Cameroon, where one of the world’s 25 most endangered species, the Cross River #gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli) is on the verge of global extinction. The most critically endangered of all African primates, only 300 Cross River gorilla remain in the wild, spread across 11 fragmented localities within the Cameroonian and Nigerian border region.
Tusk has been supporting ERuDeF in their efforts to protect great apes in the Lebialem Highlands since 2007. Tusk’s support has, for instance, enabled the purchase of a 4WD truck, allowing the project to rapidly expand its area of fieldwork and start investigations into the unexplored forest.
Tusk also supports a number of other gorilla projects such as the Pole Pole foundation in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Conservation Through Public Health in Uganda.
In honour of Nico please consider donating to Tusk so we can continue supporting our projects partners. To donate please clicking on the 🔗 in our bio ☝️ or head to
Thank you @longleatofficial for this lovely image of Nico.
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