THE ASPINALL FOUNDATION
- The Aspinall Foundation is a UK based conservation charity, headed by Damian Aspinall. The Aspinall Foundation has two Kent based wild animal parks, Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park, which are breeding sanctuaries for rare and endangered species. Where possible The Aspinall Foundation looks to return animals born at the parks' to protected areas of their natural habitat.
- The Aspinall Foundation also manages conservation projects in Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar, as well as providing financial support to various partner projects around the world. The conservation charity's important work is helping to prevent some of the most endangered species on the planet from becoming extinct.
- Since The Aspinall Foundation was founded in April 1984, the charity has become world-leaders in animal conservation; helping to protect a wide range of critically endangered species internationally, including western lowland gorillas and black rhino, and has pioneered ground-breaking reintroduction projects.
- The area where the Aspinall Foundation work in Congo and Gabon was the first large wilderness area to see gorillas hunted to extinction. The primary aim of the reintroduction programme is to re-establish viable populations of the gorilla within this ecosystem. Between 1996 and 2006, fifty-one gorillas have been released; twenty-five in Congo and twenty-six in Gabon. Forty-three of these are wild-born orphans from TAF’s confiscation and rehabilitation programs, and seven are hand reared captive borns, originating from the prolific captive breeding programme at Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks. These two projects are the only gorilla reintroduction projects in existence.
- Port Lympne Reserve and Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, working with The Aspinall Foundation, are some of the most successful breeders of captive endangered animals in the world. With unrivalled achievements in husbandry, the conservation charity boasts 141 gorilla births, 40 black rhino, 128 clouded leopards, 36 Javan gibbons, 108 Javan langur and 21 African elephants.