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Involving the stakeholders closest to the issue

With the perpetual cutting down of trees in the forest for commercial and individual use, wildlife of all kinds are ultimately dying. Ancient tribal customs of killing various species for medicinal and spiritual offerings are still widely practiced. Poaching and capturing primates to sell as "bushmeat" is considered "a right of passage."

Gorilla/chimpanzee families protecting their babies against intruders are commonly slaughtered in order for the orphans to be sold to zoos and collectors. Tourists and others coming in contact with the primates; inadvertently transmit colds, diseases etc; weakening already depleted immune systems. Add to this mix internal strife and civil wars among the villagers; the very existence of the animal world is ultimately threatened. Man has continuously pushed all the wildlife out of their comfort zone into a society where they can no longer coexist.

We believe the solution lies with educating the children living near the forests. Gaining a higher level of learning while replenishing the animals habitat and becoming "good will ambassadors" shall benefit all. Providing adults with alternative ways/tools to make a living is critical. Establishing methods of self empowerment, productive independence through cottage industries, planting trees for personal use, crop rotation, water filtration systems, etc. etc. are necessary components.

The time is now and now we must react. The very existence of the animal and human worlds are in dire jepordy. We can live peacefully together, side by side. But our words, thoughts and prayers have to turn into action.

Join us, take the first step and let's truly enlighten others through our hearts and efforts.