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Our mission is to educate students about mountain gorillas and the threat of extinction that they face. It is hoped that, through education, students will feel compelled to take action themselves and help to raise funds for the Gorilla Doctors. The Gorilla Doctors have been operating in Africa since 1986 and began a partnership with UC Davis in April 2009.

igorilla.org was founded in 2008 by Tony Hartman who first saw mountain gorillas in Zaire (now the DR Congo) in 1989. Making eye contact with the gorillas left him profoundly moved, with the undeniable feeling that they are intelligent, conscious creatures, with emotions not unlike those of us humans. 19 years later his passion for them led him back to Africa to document their struggle to survive as a species. This time he visited them twice - in Uganda and Rwanda. He is pictured here shooting video of gorillas in Rwanda in July 2008.


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On March 4, 2011, igorilla.org held its second annual fundraiser at Ortega School in Pacifica, California. 110 kindergarten through 5th grade students signed up for the event, which raised $536 for The Gorilla Doctors. This year featured a huge capture the flag game, followed by a ice cream sundaes and a raffle for 5 Gorilla Beanie Babies. igorilla.org wishes to thank all those who participated and volunteered, especially Angie Gibbs, Lee Byrd, Kathy Fugitt, Julia Hall, Rebecca Coyte, and Beth Boldt. Photos courtesy of Heather Campagna, Lori Morrow, and Tenisha Kavanaugh.

170 students!

The enthusiastic crowd can't wait to get started.

gorilla banner

Green team members Michale Reyes, Dominic Morenco, Christopher Vizcarra, and Francisco Valdez discuss strategy.

Lee Byrd officiates

Collin Utler, Mario Fare, Nate Azzopardi, and Anthony Zamagni plan their next attack.

capture the flag game

Taylor Wolff tries to slip past Rebekah Dew as brother Corey and Landon Sacrey help out.

capture the flag game

Darren Blume adjusts the headgear before reentering the fray.

in jail

Jordyn Freutel gives it her all in keeping Armani Del Rosario from scoring.

Mr. Loren

Rebekah Dew, Aja Hymes-Ruzicka, and Charlotte LaFrance are all smiles.

Tommy Andres checks his opponent

Drew Azzopardi breaks through the green team's defense.

Toshi Hensley runs

Going over the rules of engagement.

Brian Shives

Lee Byrd tries to refocus the yellow team.

vince justin

Giovanni Keller and Kyle McArdle psych up for battle.

girls in yellow

Carney Morrow, Cristina Romero, and Taylor Morrow are so mellow in yellow.

run for ice cream

Rebecca Villalobos and Armani Del Rosario celebrate a score for the yellow team.

line for ice cream

Lee Byrd and Tony Hartman discuss the fine art of herding cats.

ice cream servers

Henry Villalobos is right on sister Sofia's tail.

girls eat ice cream

Tommy Andre, Jared Abellera, Vince Mini, Carlos Velis, Drew Azzopardi, Mario Fare, Sara Galligani, Maile Felix.

raffle winners

Beth Boldt servin' up a storm as Kathy Fugitt manages the line.

ice cream

Rebecca Coyte makes sure there's plenty for all including Paige Kumlin, Landon Sacrey, and Lauren Dew.

Audrey Resella and Brianna Collins enjoying their sundaes.

Raffle winners Sean Pearson, Carlos Velis, Rika Hensley, Gabriella Coleman, and Audrey Resella.

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mgvp doctor with patient
The Gorilla Doctors' team of veterinarians and their support staff is dedicated to providing medical
care in the field in Africa. Above is one of their doctors performing a checkup on a recent orphan. The
Gorilla Doctors is the sole beneficiary of fundraising efforts by igorilla.org and receives a monthly
donation from our organization. Please visit their site at www.gorilladoctors.org to learn more and to
donate what is comfortable for you. It would be appreciated if you could state that your donation is in
honor of igorilla.org so that we may track our efforts. Photo courtesy of the Gorilla Doctors