Monkeying Around In Ely To Raise Money For Endangered Animals

PUBLISHED: 13:18 22 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:29 04 May 2010

Emma Clayton with Nick Williams

Emma Clayton with Nick Williams

THIS gorilla was going bananas around Ely last week in order to raise money and help endangered animals. Emma Clayton, 31, spent a day monkeying around in a furry gorilla costume while carrying out the serious business of collecting money for The Gorilla

THIS gorilla was going bananas around Ely last week in order to raise money and help endangered animals.

Emma Clayton, 31, spent a day monkeying around in a furry gorilla costume while carrying out the serious business of collecting money for The Gorilla Foundation.

Next month, she will enter the Great Gorilla Run around London in her outfit with hundreds of other 'gorillas'.

"I was amazed to find out that there are only 720 gorillas left in the wild," said Emma. "I love Gorillas and hate to think that they are facing extinction.

"It's not easy running 7km in this suit and I hope it isn't too hot."

She aims to raise more than £400, which will provide one month's field rations for 35 rangers who dedicate their lives protecting the animals.

"The early morning training runs have been tough," she added.

"Most people think I am mad, but I think it'll be a fantastic experience."

To sponsor Emma, visit www.justgiving.com/emmaclayton2

Pic cap: Emma Clayton monkeying around Ely with her partner Nick Williams for The Gorilla Foundation.

Photo: HELEN DRAKE. 6815HD0808.

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