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Sir David Attenborough launches fight to save gorillas

Sir David Attenborough is fulfilling a promise made to his late friend, who pleaded with him to raise awareness of gorilla-poaching Credit: David Parry/PA Wire

Sir David Attenborough has launched a global fight to save mountain gorillas in Rwanda from being poached.

The wildlife expert is backing a 'crowdfunding' campaign by Fauna & Flora International, which involves going online and encouraging a mass of people to directly fund a cause.

Sir David, who hopes to raise £110,000 by December 11, travelled to Rwanda in 1978 to film the gorillas' plight for the BBC's Life on Earth series.

In highlighting the issue, he is fulfilling a promise made three decades ago to his late friend, American zoologist Dian Fossey, after learning poachers were selling gorillas' body parts as trophies.

"She said: 'Please, please, please help spread the news. There are only 200 of them left in the wild'," Sir David said.

"So I promised I would do something."

Tory councillor attacks 'silly old fart' Attenborough

A Conservative councillor has caused outrage on Twitter after he said he wished "silly old fart" Sir David Attenborough would "take a one-way trip to Switzerland".

Cllr Phil Taylor, who represents a ward in Ealing in west London later blogged that it was "an off the cuff, ironic comment" and "if David Attenborough is unhappy I am sorry."

He added that he was "frustrated" that the broadcaster used his 'national treasure' status to promote controversial views over population control.

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