Reaction of children to the Gorilla Fairy Tales

We wrote you about the books of Gorilla fairy tales which we distributed in Cameroon and which we would like to republish and bring to Congo-Brazzaville. Here you can have a look how was the distribution running in Cameroon:

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If you want to help us to raise funds for the books for children in Congo-Brazzaville, look below or contact us on therevealed@rozhlas.cz.

Thanks! Bye, Jana.

Buy Gorilla Tales to Support Distribution of the Book to African Schools

Jana Jirátová, 28th December
The Book of Gorilla Fairy Tales

Moja, the first gorilla born in the Czech Republic, has been helping rescue gorillas in Africa. An English version of the gorilla tales book is being published as part of the Year of the Gorilla (YOG), a UN initiative, to raise funds to finance distribution of the book in Congo-Brazzaville and to support a project aimed at the rescue of the critically endangered Cross River Gorilla.

Moja and Tatu Conquered Africa Last Year
Little gorillas Moja and Tatu and other characters from the fairy-tales from Prague zoo have won the hearts of children at home as well as in faraway Africa. Four thousand copies of the book in English and French were distributed to schools in Cameroon at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009 with the aim to spark interest in wildlife and its protection among children. Many conservationists, including Richard Leakey and representatives of GRASP UN, have appreciated our goal and approach. However, we were most happy to receive positive response from children: “Dear Sirs, we, students of the public secondary school Bonadikombo, are happy to write to you this short message,” one of the letter read. “We love your book of tales because it teaches us about gorillas and their relatives. We like it for stories like the one about the white gorilla. Someone who has never seen gorillas before can now see them in the book. Big thank you for publishing it! The book helps us understand how gorillas live. Sincerely yours, Baah Vera.” Many supporters of the Revealed project have written to us asking for the book but the edition for Cameroon was not available for sale. We have therefore decided to publish a revised version of the gorilla fairy-tales for anyone to buy.

The disttribution was successful in Cameroon. Author: Miroslav Bobek

The book “Gorilla Fairy Tales” is published by Radioservis as part of the Year of the Gorilla project, a joint initiative of the UNEP Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the UNEP/UNESCO Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA). Besides thrilling stories the book features full-page photographs depicting members of the Prague zoo gorilla troop and many other animal heroes. To get your copy, send an e-mail to: therevealed@rozhlas.cz. The price is 12 EUR for international sale + postage and packing. Proceeds from the sale of the book will be used to support projects aimed at protection of western lowland gorillas in Central Africa.

Book Heroes Help Raise Funds for Wild Gorillas
The most seriously endangered gorilla sub-species is Cross River Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla diehli). The total population has dropped below 300. Raising awareness about the critical situation of Cross River Gorilla is key to preserving the sub-species. That is why we decided to donate part of the proceeds from the sale of the book to the YOG2009 educational project aimed at protection of Cross River Gorilla in the Takamanda national park on the border between Cameroon and Nigeria.

Gorilla Tales for Congo-Brazzaville
After the success in Cameroon, our goal is to collect enough money to publish another batch for schools in Congo-Brazzaville. We would like children living in forest areas to build positive attitude towards gorillas.

Children in Cameroon get the Book of Fairy Tales. Now we want to spread it also in Congo-Brazzaville. Author: Miroslav Bobek

Congo-Brazzaville is an ideal target area for the distribution of a book about gorillas because it lies in the heart of the geographic range of Western Lowland Gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) and is key for the protection of this gorilla sub-species. Several research and protectionist projects are taking place in the country aimed at Western Lowland Gorilla and chimpanzee. The projects include educational activities focusing on local children. We have received numerous applications for distribution of the book of gorilla tales and selected three organizations that expressed serious interest and have good international reputation. We are planning to provide each of them a thousand copies of the book in French.

You, too, can help! We will donate 2 EUR to the two projects for each copy sold. You can also help by donating any amount via Donation Box on the Wildlifedirect website or send money to our charitable fund, account No.: 555 555 552/0800, IBAN: CZ35 0800 0000 0005 5555 5552 SWIFT (BIC): GIBACZPX.

Thank you!

Learn about the life of orang-utans and support the Revealed project

The Revealed has focused its conservational efforts on gorillas. We spent observing these amazing animals more than four years. We have learned a lot, we made a lot… Now, we give you a chance to discover the life of orang-utans as well! We started The Relatives project.

Junketing Elmar. Photo Khalil Baalbaki

Orang-utan’s male Elmar, females Zaneta and Satu, and little Besar will be the main heros of a new project of Czech Radio and Zoo Dvur Kralove. Four Bornean orang-utans (Pongo pygmaeus) left their former home, the Old Pavilion built in 1984 and start to domesticate a new modern pavilion where they will be kept in as natural conditions as possible. Four cameras were installed in the pavilion during the construction for The Relatives. You can join project of Czech Radio Online and Zoo Dvur Kralove

Our live webcast will allow users to watch orang-utans, their behaviour and interaction with other members of the troop. The name of the project – The Relatives – reflects all the focus points of the project, i.e. to obtain better knowledge about the relatedness of orang-utans with humans as well as with gorillas whose ethology we studied in the Revealed project.

Besar. Author Khalil Baalbaki

Learn about the life of orang-utans and support the Revealed project in its effort to help protect western lowland gorillas in Central Africa. Donations to the Revealed fund will be used to finance the print and distribution of a gorilla tales book in Congo-Brazzaville, production of educational materials, and support of rangers in the Dja biosphere reserve. You can support our efforts by purchasing an item with the logo The Revealed at our shop, or by making a contribution to the collection account for The Revealed, acc. no. 555 555 552/0800, IBAN: CZ35 0800 0000 0005 5555 5552 SWIFT (BIC): GIBACZPX or through Donation box!

Thank you!

The RelativesJoin us! Observe the behaviour of orang-utan’s family on www.rozhlas.cz/therelatives!

Educational postcards for Africa

When we were in Cameroon we realized that children love our photos and through them they can learn a lot about conservation. Now we prepared limited edition of pictures with educational texts which are going to be distributed around a biosphere reserve Dja in Cameroon in particular. The edition is in french and is called Les gorilles sont la richesse de l’Afrique.

Here is one example of the photo and the back page with the text:

Les gorilles ont aussi une famille (Photo Khalil Baalbaki, Text Miroslav Bobek, Design Marek Václavík)

Les gorilles ont aussi une famille. Author Khalil Baalbaki

Back page of the postcard “Les gorilles ont aussi une famille. Photo Miroslav Bobek” 

Les gorilles perdent leurs maisons (Photo and Text Miroslav Bobek, Design Marek Václavík)

Les gorilles perdent leurs maisons. Photo Miroslav Bobek

Les gorilles perdent leurs maisons. Photo et texte Miroslav Bobek.

You can see more postcards here. As soon as we raise funds, we spread these postcards into central african countries. You can support our efforts!

Second CD of Gorilla Fairy Tales is out!

Jana Jirátová, 27th November 2009

Cover page of CD with Gorilla Fairy TalesThe second CD with gorilla fairy tales is out! Czech people can buy a present for children and at the same time support gorilla conservation. The CD “Moja, Tatu and tiplíci” follows in the succes of the first CD with gorilla fairy tales “Moja and the peacock”. Both arised within the project The Revealed and both are based on the text of authors Miroslav Bobek and Tereza Šefrnová. Stories of young gorillas Moja and Tatu and their family are read by the most popular Czech singer Lucie Bílá.

Profit from the CDs is intended on western lowland gorilla’s conservation. Everyone who buy the CD contribute 20 CZK (= nearly 1 Euro) on the special charity account of The Revealed. Our aim is to procure enough money for a new edition of Gorilla Stories Book. We would like to distribute this book for free into schools in Congo-Brazzaville.

The CD lauch took place in Prague. After the launch we handed there over also pictures from charity auction to its new owners.  You can browse the photogallery from the CD launch here.

The Revealed on Facebook: almost 1500 fans over 4 months. What’s the benefit?

Brief guide for those undecided whether to engage in social networking

Miroslav Bobek

Example of “fuel gauge” When Facebook (FB) changed its main page again some time ago, it was another change to the worse. It is getting on the verge of the tolerable to be constantly fed with information about someone’s results of quizzes, such as “Are you submissive or dominant in sex?”, especially with graphic representation of the results as the fuel indicator in the car (full tank in this particular case), coupled with a regular dose of hearts and beers people keep flooding you with.

FB is based on sharing of brief texts, links, photos, short videos, as well as aforementioned funny and “funny” applications. Unfortunately, there is an apparent drift towards superficiality fostered by Facebook owners and their redesigns of the main page. This trend may eventually drive many of us away. For the time being, though, it is worth staying on board. Let me explain using the development of the Revealed’s profile on FB at www.facebook.com/odhaleni.

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Our activities in the Czech Republic earn money for western lowland gorilla’s conservation in Africa!

Exhibition “Phenomenon The Revealed” in Russia

Hi everyone,

We have not written quite a long time, because we had a full plate of our project in the Czech republic. We organized a lot of partial activities which help us to support gorillas in wild, for example exhibition of photos called Phenomenon The Revealed. This exhibition travels around the whole Czech Republic and it reached even Moscow in Russia!

In cooperation with Czech Radio we recorded and produced a CD with Gorilla Fairy Tales. The main protagonist of fairy tales is one of the most famoust czech celebrities – singer Lucie Bílá. Since you have read the last comment we have also prepared the book of Gorilla Fairy Tales for commercial sale. We get also the offer to make russian edition of these fairy tales. We will write details about all these activities soon, do not worry! :-)

Furthermore we have worked on our own Facebook page (you can look here), we have joined the donation sms called DMS. People from the Czech Republic could send sms in a value of 30 Kc (=approximately little bit more than 1 Euro). 27 Kc from each DMS is intended for gorilla conservation. And at last we have prepared an auction of our photos and one oil painting of gorillas (btw. this painting is gonna be the cover page of the forementioned CD). People in the Czech Republic could join the auction till this Friday and suggest as much money as they want to pay for the production. You can have a look on the process of the auction here.

Our activities support gorilla conservation in Africa

Everything what we gain from these activities is intended to western lowland gorilla´s conservation in central Africa. Our immediate purpose is to publish Gorilla Stories Book and other educational material focused on conservation for children and distribute it in Congo-Brazzaville. Other aim is to support Ecogaurds protecting the Reservation Dja in Cameroon agains poachers. They need the basic equipment – shoes, tents and so on.

So as you see, we have had “full hands of work”… But now, we are back and we will continue to keep you posted! :-)

Your Jana and Miroslav – The Revealed Team!

Help us by buying puzzles with Forest Elephants

Puzzles with Forest Elephants Radioservis and The Revealed produced puzzles with Forest Elephants from Dzanga Sangha. Profit is intended for equipment of ecoguards working in Dja Raserve in Cameroon. You can buy the puzzles in our e-shop.

Elephants Come Here for Safety…

Miroslav Bobek et al.
Interview with Andrea Turkalo. Part III

There are always several BaAka, local Pygmies, at Andrea Turkalo’s camp who work for her as guides and scouts. The camp is also regularly visited by Bantus armed with automatic rifles who guard the reserve. Although the Dzanga clearing looks like paradise on Earth, it is not completely safe for wild animals. However, the situation is much worse elsewhere.

Forest Elephant in Dzanga Baï. Author: Miroslav Bobek

Before zoologists discovered Dzanga Bai, did Europeans know about it?
Probably yes, because this place was colonised by many years by the French. Before independence, this area was also exploited for ivory and other forest products, like rubber and copal, which is used in making perfumes. The French exported hundreds of tons of ivory out of here from the end of the last century until the 1960s. If you know the book Heart of Darkness by Joseph Konrad, he describes the situation when the Belgians and the French had a concession system and basically mandated that pepople collect ivory and other forest products. If they did not collect it, they were whipped.

But elephants, to say nothing about other animals, continue to be killed here…
There are different levels of poaching in this part of the world. There is game poaching for local consumption. People go out and set snares and catch antelopes, go home and they go home in the evening and eat the animal. That’s sustainable. That’s like what the BaAka do with the net hunting. They kill an animal, divide it up and eat it. That can go on for a long time without affecting the total population because what they are taking and what is reproducing is at the same level. Elephant poaching is a whole different situation because it is done by people who have the means to buy big guns and send people out with munition to kill animals.

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Marriage for Two Days

Miroslav Bobek et  al.
Interview with Andrea Turkalo. Part II

Unequal I with Unequal VI. Author: Miroslav Bobek
Dzanga Bai appears to be from a different time and world. Against the backdrop of the forest, you can see dozens of elephants: females, their offspring of various age, as well as a long-tusked males here and there. Together with them scores of forest buffaloes and antelopes… This remote place in Central African Republic is where American zoologist Andrea Turkalo has been conducting her research for nearly twenty years.

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