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How a chance meeting in Wales led to an extraordinary photo shoot in the jungle

Updated: Aug 9, 2021

‘THE EATING GORILLA’ vegan cafe in Wales launches fundraiser to help critically-endangered gorillas

A VEGAN café in south Gwynedd is fundraising to help save critically-endangered gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

‘The Eating Gorilla’ Vegan Café and Restaurant in Penrhyndeudraeth has teamed up with the Pole Pole Foundation (POPOF) which works to conserve the Eastern Lowland Grauer’s gorilla in the South Kivu region of the country.

The fundraising effort will see donations of profits from the café’s ‘Be More Gorilla’ themed merchandise including reusable coffee cups, T-shirts, hoodies and pens.

It follows a chance encounter between The Eating Gorilla owner Diane Harrison and The Pole Pole Foundation trustee, Nikki Jones, who visited the café whilst on holiday.

“We opened our vegan café and restaurant in 2019 after transitioning to a plant-based diet a couple of years earlier,” said Mrs Harrison.

“We believed that this was the single biggest thing we could do to protect not only the animals, but our environment, our health and ultimately our future.

“Nikki called in for afternoon tea last summer and she explained how the Pole Pole Foundation was protecting the gorillas and we knew we wanted to help. She told us how the main source of income for the Park, tourism, had totally vanished due to the pandemic. Our ‘Be More Gorilla’ merchandise seemed the perfect way to start our fundraising.”

Diane’s t-shirts, hoodies and other merchandise can be ordered by contacting ‘The Eating Gorilla’ via their Facebook page (here) The Eating Gorilla or by calling them on 01766 770292.

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