Gorilla Doctors received this heart warming letter in the mail a few weeks back from a 10-year-old girl named Ayla. She had just finished raising $67.95 at her school in Montana, and she wanted to donate it to support our work. We loved her letter, and we wanted to share it with you:

A letter from Ayla

We reached out to Ayla and her family to ask a few questions about her love for gorillas and her efforts to support the program. Here’s what she had to say:

What was it about gorillas that caught your attention in your school magazine?

“Gorillas are such amazing and beautiful creatures. They capture the essence of strong and majestic. They are one of my favorite things to look at. The pictures in the magazine caught my eye instantly. The pictures and the article inspired me to help these wonderful animals. The article was all about the Gorilla Doctors organization and how they help gorillas.”

What did your friends at school think when you started working to raise money for gorillas? Did any of them become interested as well?

“When I started raising money for gorillas people thought it was cool. However they didn’t really start getting interested in gorillas they started raising money for other animals: cheetahs, lions, and a few other animals. My friend that helped me did get interested in gorillas, but she was the only one as far as I know. A few people asked me questions about the organization but not the animals.”

Do you know what you’d like to do when you grow up?

“Ideas for what I want to be when I grow up come and go. I have wanted to be a Veterinarian, a teacher and a lot of other things. Right know I have considered being a Zoologist. I would love to become an expert in one animal and I am thinking Gorillas or Rhinos. I love animals and nature and I care about many things. I have strong opinions on many things that effect wildlife. Helping endangered species is important to me.”

We thank you very much, Ayla!