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The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

LIZ CLANCY: Gorilla Juice

No, it's nothing weird. I was really thirsty when I got off the bus this morning so I nipped into the baker's on my way home to buy something to drink. Go-Rilla (why the hyphen, I have no idea) is the brand that makes orange juice from concentrate in aid of the Gorilla Organization.

This charitable institution, which tries to prevent the extinction of the world's few remaining gorillas, was founded as the Digit Foundation by Dian Fossey, whose famous work was the subject of a Hollywood film, and has gone through a couple of name changes since its inception.

But the sterling work continues.

I'm not going to pretend that Go-Rilla tastes any better than the supermarket own-brand orange juice that costs 50-odd pence a litre, but Go-Rilla is helping to conserve a beautiful species of primate we would be poorer as a planet without.

The company website is still under construction but please keep an eye out for when it's up and where Go-Rilla is being sold near you.

3 comments:

Retrieverman said...

Have you ever watched The Beverly Hillbillies?

In one series of episodes, the Clampetts get a pet gorilla (really a man in an ape costume) named Herbie.

Herbie is made to work for the Clampetts.

And they call him a "Go-rilla."

The man in the gorilla suit makes Mr. Drysdale wear the suit when he quits, and Mr. Drysdale has to do chores for Granny.

Retrieverman said...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0522625/

C-E C said...

No, I never saw that but thank you for the link