Category Archives: About the project

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 [email protected].

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: [email protected] 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!

Gorilla Fairy Tales ON AIR in Africa

Miroslav Bobek, 4 June 2009

Logo of CRTV - Autor:Khalil Baalbaki “She’s playing the young quite well! And the peacock, too…” producer Honza Jiran noted when choosing an actor for the French rendition of the gorilla fairy tales among 10 short-listed native speakers with more or less extensive acting experience. He eventually selected the one who interpreted the young and the peacock so nicely – Mélanie Ruppe.

After the success of the gorilla story book among schoolchildren in Cameroon (see Related Links in the category Book of gorilla fairy-tales) we decided to record a French rendition of the same as another way of helping children in Africa realise that gorillas deserve protection and that they, too, can help. (We should note that many people in Central Africa continue to perceive wild animals, including gorillas, as nothing more but a source of meat… I remember how surprise children in a forest village were to find out when browsing our book that a gorilla can have a name just like a human.)

Jan Jiran producing gorilla fairy talesWe prepare a publication of the book of Gorilla Stories for Congo. Without public subvention we can not develope this idea further. We would be glad if you contribute to achieve these efforts.

  • The Revealed charitable account finances protection of western lowland gorillas and educational activities in al countries where this subspecies of gorilla lives in the wild. To support the cause, you can send your donation to 555 555 552/0800, IBAN: CZ35 0800 0000 0005 5555 5552 or donate through wildlifedirect.

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When I am approaching gorillas, I have a rare feeling

Daniela Hedwig; in the background: Makumba and Malui with Tembo on her back. Photo Khalil Baalbaki
M. Bobek, J. Jirátová, P. Hanzelková, 21 May 2009

Three years we observed gorillas in Prague Zoo. We wanted to present their stories so that people identify with them and understand how important is to help conservation of gorillas in wild. Like this we get to Africa. Within the project The Revealed we try to bring informations about african wildlife and its conservation but also raise funds for that purposes (as I wrote below, we published the Gorilla stories book, we supported educational project in villages north of Dja and now we would like to equip the ecoquards in Djoum).

During our trip to Africa we made a lot of  interviews with people who work in field and here is one of them… An interview with primatologist Daniela Hedwig.

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Gorilla fairy tales

Gorilla Stories

Miroslav Bobek, 27 March 2009

When visiting Cameroon in the spring of 2006 we realised that the best way to protect gorillas is to show the locals their beauty and intelligence. And when we published the first book of “gorilla” fairy tales, a little later in the Czech Republic, in which Moja naturally is the heroine, we weren’t far off from the idea to modify this book for African conditions and to distribute it at local schools.

Our goal was fulfilled last year in cooperation with the Limbe Wildlife Centre and eventually with a number of other organisations and individuals. Two thousand copies of the book were printed in French and two thousand copies in English reached Cameroon in November and were distributed free of charge during the first few weeks of this year (more in the article by Jana Jirátové here). The books were distributed by nature conservationists not only by vehicles, but also on motorcycles in rainforest regions…

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