It's back, and this year, we have partnered up with some incredible supporters to try and raise enough money to feed all 24 of our western lowland gorillas for 2 months!

How to get involved! 

Why not organise a forest feast for your family or friends to enjoy and try recreating one of the delicious dishes below, demonstrated by our incredible guest chefs? 

Invite your guests to attend your forest feast between 20th (World Endangered Species Day) and 31st May 2022, and ask them to donate to Buy a Gorilla a Dinner here either before they arrive, on the night or both! 

On the day of your fundraising feast, you and your guests can enjoy an evening together, knowing that you have helped generate vital funds to support our work in Cameroon.

Alternatively, donate what you can - a little or a lot - to our Buy a Gorilla a Dinner appeal. Every pound will help feed our endangered orphans!

Dishes prepared by two internationally renowned chefs, with our huge appreciation: 

Vice President of the Craft Guild of Chefs, Mr Christopher Basten - Asparagus and Cherry Tomato Quiche


Restaurateur and Chef, Marisol Romeo


And why not add a fabulous Silverback gorilla gin cocktail (silverbackgorillagincocktail.pdf) to really round off your evening? This recipe has been created by our very own talented artist and friend Robin Huffman.


Who will you help?

24 endangered western lowland gorillas have found safety in our sanctuary. Here are a few of the individuals that your kindness will care for.

Clockwise from top left:


Year of rescue: 2004                                                Age: 17

Fact: Nona was only 3 weeks old when she was rescued during a raid on a poachers’ camp, and it’s a great testament to the skill of our staff that she survived the trauma of losing her family at such a young age. She has a very calm temperament and is one of the most popular apes on our adoption programme.



Year of rescue: 2013                                                 Age: 9

Fact: Chris is confident and curious and is the gorilla most likely to put his face in front of the camera if our team is trying to photograph anyone else! He’s reached an age where he is keen to show off his strength, but he’s still incredibly playful and loves wrestling with Bobga and Mbailassem.



Year of rescue: 2004                                                 Age: 18

Fact: Ncarla is one of the more territorial females in Shufai’s group and the most likely to have a stick at the ready if anyone she doesn’t know well is in the vicinity of her forest enclosure. But when her trust has been earned, she’s a gentle individual and is fairly low ranking in her group.



Year of rescue: 2006                                                 Age: 16

Fact: In 2013, we had to make the difficult decision to amputate Shufai’s left arm due to complications arising from bullet wounds he received as a baby. Despite all he’s been through in his life, he’s grown into a stunning silverback and now leads his own group. He has many fans among our supporters and is extremely popular in our adoption programme.



Year of rescue: 2003                                                 Age: 20

Fact: Although she’s the dominant female in Shufai’s group, Mvie is very happy to share food with lower-ranking Nyume. The two girls were rescued in the same confiscation, and both were only around a year old at the time. Nyume is rarely found far from Mvie’s side, and they have an extremely close relationship.



Year of rescue: 2019                                                 Age:

Fact: Mbailassem is the youngest gorilla in our sanctuary and recently completed his integration into his new forever gorilla family. He is a very confident little boy and loves exploring the forest with Chris, Doumassi and his best friend, Bobga.



Year of rescue: 2003                                                 Age: 20

Fact: Nyume, along with fellow orphan Mvie, was held by hunters for a month before the two babies were confiscated when their captors tried to sell them. Nyume’s strong bond with Mvie means she’s always got the backup of the group’s dominant female in any disagreement.



Year of rescue: 2009                                                 Age: 18

Fact: Bani was around 5 or 6 years old at the time of her rescue. She had somehow become separated from her family in the wild. She'd been caught and badly beaten before we were alerted to her plight and were able to bring her to the safety of our forest. She's now a high-ranking female in Shufai's group.



Year of rescue: 2018                                                 Age: 5

Fact: After his rescue, Bobga was cared for by the fantastic team at our fellow sanctuary Limbe Wildlife Centre. In 2019 he was transferred to us to meet Chris and Doumassi, his forever gorilla family. Mbailassem has now joined them, and he and Bobga love their games of wrestling and chase.


Doumassi (centre)

Year of rescue: 2017                                                 Age: 10

Fact: Doumassi is named after a village where the young gorilla was often seen after being separated from her group. Residents of the village became concerned about her safety following the conflict in a nearby area and contacted us for help. Despite significant efforts, we could not find her group, so she was brought to our sanctuary, where she has formed a new gorilla family with Chris, Bobga and Mbailassem.

How to help in other ways:

We understand that not everyone is in a position to give. If you can't donate, maybe your family, friends, or colleagues can. Fundraise for our appeal, and you could make a massive difference - providing care for our rescued apes AND raising awareness of our work.

If you’d like to dedicate your gift to a particular gorilla, please leave us a comment when you donate.


A silverback-sized thank you to each and every one of our allies for your compassion, kindness, and generosity. We couldn’t keep our orphans safe without your support, and we are truly grateful for every single gift we receive.