Endangered Ugandan Gorilla Gets Facebook Account in Quest for Internet Friends

September 27, 2009

(ChattahBox) —  Web cams for profit are a long staple of the internet but rarely for such a noble cause. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has launched a high-tech initiative on social networking site Facebook in an effort to promote awareness, tourism, and collecting funds to help save the estimated 700 mountain gorillas remaining in Africa.  The Friend a Gorilla campaign, launched on Saturday, will also be rolled out on Twitter and Myspace.

Fans can join the “Friend a Gorilla” page on Facebook, for a $1 fee. In return, subscribers will receive regular updates of their new Gorilla friends as well as being able to display their pictures. Strategically placed cameras in the forest will stream video footage of gorillas to audiences worldwide. The UWA expects to raise $100 million from the Friend-a-Gorilla project as well as other similar sponsorship ventures.  The rare gorillas are found on the slopes of the Virunga mountains on the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where several animals have been killed by armed fighters.

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