Isabella Hatkoff was just three years old when she first encountered a gorilla. It was love at first sight. Since then, she has devoted her life to understanding and protecting these amazing animals.
Isabella has spent countless hours observing gorillas in their natural habitat. She has also worked closely with captive gorillas, getting to know them as individuals with their own unique personalities.
Through her work, Isabella has come to understand the complex social lives of gorillas and the important role they play in their ecosystems. She has also witnessed the devastating impact that humans can have on gorilla populations.
Isabella is passionate about raising awareness of the plight of gorillas and working to ensure their long-term survival.
Here, in her own words, Isabella shares her life with gorillas…
I first met a gorilla when I was three years old. My family was on safari in Africa and we came across a group of gorillas in the wild. I was absolutely fascinated by these creatures and I begged my parents to let me go and meet them.
My parents were a bit apprehensive at first, but after speaking to the park ranger, they decided it was safe for me to approach the gorillas.
I will never forget that moment when I came face-to-face with a gorilla for the first time. It was like looking into the eyes of a person. I felt an instant connection to this animal and I knew that I wanted to help them in any way I could.
Since then, my life has revolved around gorillas. I have studied them, worked with them, and fought for their survival.
I have had the privilege of observing gorillas in the wild and getting to know them as individuals. I have also worked with captive gorillas, many of whom have been rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.
Through my work, I have come to understand the complex social lives of gorillas and the important role they play in their ecosystems. I have also witnessed the devastating impact that humans can have on gorilla populations.
Gorillas are facing many challenges today. Their natural habitat is being destroyed by humans and they are being hunted for their meat and body parts. They are also being captured and sold into the illegal wildlife trade.
All of these threats are putting gorilla populations at risk of extinction.
I am passionate about raising awareness of the plight of gorillas and working to ensure their long-term survival. I believe that we can make a difference for gorillas and I am committed to doing everything I can to help them.