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Ugandan Gorillas Bring Tweeting, Poking to Animal Kingdom


Some new faces are set to hit Facebook and Twitter, and they're not your average social network users, either. With hopes that folks will go 'bananas' over the idea, the Uganda Wildlife Authority created Facebook and Twitter accounts for some of the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. According to USA Today, animal lovers around the world can visit FriendAGorilla.org, or either of the sites previously mentioned, and donate as little as $1 to 'friend' and 'follow' one of these endangered animals. After donating, you can watch videos, look at photos, and keep track of your gorilla buddy's location via GPS. Next year, online fans will even be able to take part in a 'virtual trek,' made possible by guides wearing cameras on their heads.

Apparently, the lives of gorillas are a lot like soap operas. "They've got births, fights, love triangles and quarrels," says Tom Slater, an advertising executive working on the campaign. That makes us wonder: When will one gorilla find out that her ape Lothario is actually her long-lost son? Now, that'd be worth paying $1 to watch. [From: USA Today and Friend a Gorilla]

Tags: animals, conservation, facebook, gorilla, nature, socialnetworking, top, twitter

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