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Tansy Aspinall and the Gorillas Video

Tansy Aspinall Reunites with Gorillas

Tansy Aspinall reunites with gorillas in West Africa!

In the African jungle, conservationist Damian Aspinall, along with his daughter find this Tansy Aspinall, searches for Djalta and click for more info Bimms, two western lowland gorillas born at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent.

In 2003, Djalta and Bimms were released into the forest of Gabon, West Africa as part of a conservation programme to re-introduce gorillas back to the wild.

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Tansy Aspinall, now 25-years-old hasn’t seen the gorillas in 12 years.

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More About Tansy Aspinall

Tansy Aspinall, loves telling strangers she was raised with apes. “At an awkward dinner party it’s a good story. I say: ‘Did you know I grew up with gorillas?’ It really breaks the ice.” She’s not referring to her father Damian Aspinall, of course (whose love of gorillas is so well documented he’d be delighted with the comparison) but the many lowland apes that lived at Howletts, the family’s 90-acre wildlife park in Kent where she was raised with her sister Clary, 22.

“I loved playing in the animal enclosures,” she recalls. “The gorillas would come up and hug you, and we’d run and roll around and chase them. So fun.” There’s even a YouTube video of her aged 18 months frolicking in straw and being thrown about by a 300lb male. “Dad got into trouble with social services for that,” she chuckles. “But they were only babies, they weren’t fully grown. One was even in nappies.” Another one slept upstairs in the nursery of their cottage. “They were so sweet.”

“So sweet” is possibly not how most people would describe a great big hairy ape but Tansy’s enthusiasm is convincing. She even has a “gorilla selfie” taken on a recent trip to Gabon, where she reunited with Bimms, who she grew up with, and who was reintroduced to the wilds of Africa when she was 11. “He definitely recognised me,” she says. “He was so sweet and he was hugging me and being so gentle. He’s 18 now.”

Tansy Aspinall is now a designer and owner Tada & Toy, the jewellery company she has just launched with school friend Victoria van Holthe.

About Businessman and Conservationist Damain Aspinall

Notable work: Raising and releasing several zoo-bred Lowland Gorillas

Damian Aspinall  is estimated to be around £200m. Aspinall acquired his wealth independently in the real estate business – his father refusing to assist him financially. After his father’s death in 2000, Damian bought back the family casino interests with the help of Australian associate James Packer, son of Kerry Packer.

He runs the John Aspinall Foundation started by his father, and his stated goal is to breed gorillas and return them to the wild. He manages Howletts Wild Animal Park and nearby Port Lympne, where 120 gorillas have been born and 77 presently live. The foundation has released 51 gorillas to secure areas in Africa. Several of them have been found dead, possibly due to having been primed to humans and being unable to care for themselves in the wild. Critics, among them the president of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund have commented that this outcome was predictable.

Kwibi, the celebrity gorilla released when 5 years old in 2005 in Gabon, had been born and raised at Howletts, a wild animal park in Kent.

The Aspinall Foundation is an internationally renowned animal conservation charity that works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks. They are committed to the breeding, reintroduction and protection of rare and endangered species.


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