After much anticipation, a dominant silverback gorilla from Uganda named Makara has been announced as the first animal to be sculpted for the most groundbreaking conservation project in history, titled #LoveTheLast.
Makara is the dominant silverback gorilla in his family of 17. Mountain gorillas are the largest ape in the primate family, and are critically endangered. The Ugandan Gorilla Safari is part of a small group of national parks in Africa protecting mountain gorillas and their habitat.
After visiting Makara, the dominant silver back mountain gorilla, and his family in Uganda, Gillie and Marc were deeply moved by his human-like behaviours and emotions. With 98% shared DNA to our own species, the husband-and-wife artists witnessed an astounding level of empathy, kindness, and love…
Now, Gillie and Marc are hoping that we humans will love his species in return. It’s time to #LoveTheLast mountain gorillas, before they’re gone forever.
The artists sketched, painted and photographed this gentle giant so they could recreate him as the worlds biggest bronze gorilla sculpture to capture the hearts of millions, and help save Makara’s species.
Makara will be immortalized as the largest bronze gorilla sculpture on the planet, offering the public an interactive opportunity unlike anything they have ever experienced! Makara's installation location will not only be the stage for millions of photos, learning opportunities and the creation of memories, the sculpture’s host will also be internationally recognized for its conservation efforts to save mountain gorillas from extinction!