`Gorilla School' is an Animal Planet documentary series that follows the lives of three gorillas from Howletts and Port Lympne Wildlife Parks in England as they are moved to a reserve in Africa and taught how to be `wild' Gorillas for eventual release. This looks at their sadness at being separated from the keepers that hand reared them in the UK and the skills they are taught to survive in the wild. Oudiki, one of the gorillas, gets stricken with an illness that will leave you concerned for his safety and you will laugh at the mischievous Kouki as she cavorts in the tree tops. The reserve is funded by the Aspinall foundation, made famous by John Aspinall who set up the parks and his son Damian is also featured in this documentary. It is uncertain how successful this Gorilla School will be and what the eventual outcome will be, but it is delightful to watch these handsome little gorillas as they settle into their new environment. As a brief aside, I am curious why the packaging features a mountain gorilla when the gorillas in this documentary are western lowland, but that is a very minor point.
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