What would I do if I won 20k? Highly unlikely! In a room with 12 people and 11 prizes I am always the one that doesn’t win!
I thought long and hard about this but finally decided it would have to be something I would never do otherwise and had to be to do with travel.
We need a new kitchen said my husband, I need new clothes said Mitch, Jess and Sam started thinking holidays but I want to see Gorillas in the wild
Why? I hear you all ask.
My love affair with them started watching David Attenborough getting up close and personal with them and was consolidated when I visited Howletts zoo.
We were on a family holiday in Broadstairs when one rainy day we happened upon this zoo called Howletts. Unbeknownst to us it was a very special zoo where Gorillas were the star act. What a magical place it is.
I stood fascinated for ages watching these beautiful, soulful creatures interact with each other with their remarkably human like features. It was better than a soap opera!!
The cheeky children winding up Dad who would cast them aside with a casual flick. Mum wading in to protect them and giving Dad the evil eye. The giant Silverback thought he was in charge but we knew better. Mum refusing to share food when she was mad.
Lots of games and jokes played with and against each other. It was like watching my family. I was bewitched and the kids were in stitches at the antics.
A few years later we returned and it was as good as I remembered. This time the highlight for me was the conversation I had with Dad gorilla!! Seriously, we communicated with each other. He looked me straight in the eye and mimicked me for several minutes, copying everything I did and finally when I had bored him enough( or that’s what my family told me!!) he touched his chest , then his lips and waved at me as he walked away!! I was stunned and I know I did not imagine it.
So that’s where the passion comes from. They are incredibly intelligent and social animals and I would love to see them in their natural habitat and I am afraid dear family, that’s the decision!!
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