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“G Gorilla Honey"
8 oz of pure & unfiltered raw honey from the Happy Hollow Bees.
100% of your purchase benefits the protection of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


This award winning honey can be purchased for $10 per bottle at the following places:

  • Three Sisters in Willow Glen, 1393 Lincoln Ave., San Jose (while supplies last)
  • Explore & More Store in Happy Hollow Park & Zoo during park hours
  • or
  • Folks can place a phone order for pick-up at Happy Hollow’s Administrative desk by calling Vanessa at 408-794-6404 (cash and checks only made out to Happy Hollow Foundation, Monday thru Friday only).

Background on the Honey and the Mountain Gorilla Project We have been working with Steve Demkowski, Happy Hollow Zoo Resident Beekeeper, for several years. He teaches a year-long beekeeping workshop and also teaches the local 4-H kids beekeeping at the History Park. We heard about a group of women in the DRC that sold honey to help protect the gorillas – and thought, “Hey, we can do that too!”
When the kids from the 4-H heard about the project they wanted to donate their honey to the gorillas as well!

In 2006 Happy Hollow Park & Zoo established a commitment to work with a group of Park Rangers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Park Rangers are the frontline of protection for the last remaining populations of Mountain Gorillas in Virunga National Park. Park Rangers are pitted against well-armed professional poachers hunting for ivory and bushmeat, and bands of rebel insurgents. Over the last several years, over 140 Rangers have died in the line of duty. When we first began working with the Rangers in 2006 they were poorly supplied and paid (sadly, they hadn't been paid a salary in over nine years) - yet they continued to do their best to defend the Virunga National Park, home to the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas.

There are approximately 800 Mountain Gorillas remaining in the world, located in Virunga National Park and Bwindi National Park in Uganda.

Happy Hollow Staff, with our nonprofit partner Happy Hollow Foundation, is committed to providing support for these Rangers.

Over the last seven years, through various fundraisers, we have:

  • Provided salaries for Rangers who had not been paid in almost 10 years, yet continued to perform their incredibly dangerous job
  • Purchased Ranger uniforms and boots for protection out on patrol
  • Improved the water sanitation system at Bukima patrol post in the gorilla sector, which houses 17 guards and uses a 20-year-old well in which the water was filthy.
  • Provided tents and rations for patrols
  • Restocked the pharmacy at the park headquarters, which serves the Rangers and their families.
  • Last year we sent funds to help toward the purchase of a surveillance plane. Surveillance is becoming increasingly important as the pressures on the park and on the Rangers increase. It's impossible to manage a park as big and as complicated as Virunga without adequate aerial support for surveillance, medical evacuations and for logistics. Of course, the primary purpose is to get law enforcement teams in place rapidly when poachers are located.
  • In 2012, we were asked by the Rangers to support the widows of the men who have lost their lives while serving. Although one might think a ranger’s biggest fear is death, what most rangers fear most is that their widows and orphaned children will be abandoned and left destitute in a society that cannot care for them.

To get an even better understanding of who the Rangers are, below are two links to videos they have sent us.
Congo Rangers message 2011
Congo Rangers message 2012
 

 

 

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