According to BBC News, amateur investors on the subreddit WallStreetBets often refer to themselves as apes and use the term "Apes Together Powerful." Any users of the subreddit have begun to take this saying literally. According to The Guardian, Redditors have raised $350,000 for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund by fostering over 3,500 gorillas in just a few days.

Gorilla
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"It's fair to say that the #investor community on @reddit isn't really who we dream about when we think about our supporters. However, they astonished and astounded us over the weekend. The environmental organization said in a statement.

Last Friday, Reddit user Pakistani_in_MURICA posted an adoption certificate for a mountain gorilla called Urungano, which initiated the movement. The post got a whopping 92 percent upvote score, prompting a slew of other users to do the same.

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Partnerships

Grauer's Gorilla Group (IMAGE)
(Photo : Image Credit: Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International (gorillafund.org))
A Grauer's gorilla group gathers around the body of a male gorilla encountered in the forest of Kahuzi-Biega National Park.

According to BBC News, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund partners with mountain gorillas in Rwanda and Grauer's gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The group said on Twitter that the new funds will help them continue to research and track gorillas and help the people who live around them.

According to The Guardian, the group gets 20 new gorilla adoptions every weekend, a significantly fewer compared to the thousands that the Redditors started

New Source of Funds.

The fund's founder, chief executive, and chief science officer, Tara Stoinski, told The Guardian, "The funding that has come to our organization, as well as others, is incredible." "One of the most important problems in conservation is a shortage of resources to address the challenges we face on the land."

Gorillas (image)
(Photo : © Vidrige Kandza/WCS-Congo)
Female Bessie and her son Franklin are staying behind the protection of silverback George as he displays towards another silverback, Coriander (left). George watches Coriander leave the interaction (right). Female Bessie could be assessing both their strengths and potentially "plan" a transfer.

More Good Deeds

The Redditors have also adopted other animals and contributed to other organizations. The WallStreetBets group donated $4,500 to the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative, which studies endangered bonobos.

According to The Guardian, Redditors have gone past primates to adopt endangered species such as tigers, pangolins, and sea turtles. Over the weekend, donations to the Sheldrick Wildlife Foundation, which operates a sanctuary for orphaned elephants in Kenya, rose by $10,000.

The trust's Amie Alden told The Guardian, "It's a new supporter base for us, for sure, and one that we're immensely grateful for." "We already have over 90 orphaned or dependent elephants in our care, and it's a pricey endeavor."

WallStreetBets

According to Business Insider, the WallStreetBets network first gained notoriety in January. They found hedge funds betting against GameStop and AMC stocks and banded together to buy many stocks to raise their values. As a result, GameStop's stock price soared from less than $5 per share at the end of December to more than $450 by Jan. 28, prompting some hedge funds to cut their losses. According to The Guardian, some Redditors cited the saga by contributing to animal shelters in the name of GameStop or "Jim Cramer's Tears."

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