The End of an Era – Farewell Gina the orangutan


I wanted to bring this article to everyone’s attention in case anyone hadn’t seen it yet (Click to view article – A Tribute to Gina the orangutan).

Firstly, I think it proper to have a moment of mourning for Gina. She clearly enriched the lives of those around her and she will be missed. Secondly however, I believe it shows exactly why we’re supporting Durrell and shows exactly why what they do is invaluable.

The knowledge gained from the interaction with Gina for the past 50+ years is priceless and the efforts involved show the dedication of the Durrell team.

It is for exactly this reason that I support this charity and it is both heart-breaking and heart-warming to read about. I won’t speak further on it because my words would do an injustice to the words and efforts of Jonathan Stark, who is the Senior Ape Keeper at Durrell and the writer of this article.

So without further ado…..Gina.


Click here to read Durrell’s tribute to the remarkable life of Gina the Sumatran orangutan

If you would like to make a kind donation in Gina’s honour, please click here.


Durrell, Gina and Sumatran orangutans

The population of Gina’s wild relatives in Sumatra is spiralling towards the unthinkable – the loss of this species forever. With the support of our followers, Durrell contributes to both wild and captive conservation efforts for Sumatran orangutans.

Please consider making a donation as a special tribute to the life of Gina here at Durrell Wildlife Park in Jersey.

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  20 comments for “The End of an Era – Farewell Gina the orangutan

  1. nikkijayne @caasisters
    October 17, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Such a sad loss, but thanks to her there is a brighter future for the rest of her kind. She will be sadly missed.
    So proud and blessed to be a part of the Durrell family, and to help our future generations have the chance to know these beautiful species, that with out the help of Durrell, would be lost for all time!
    Keep doing the fabulous work you guys do and, for the amount of hard work and dedication to conservation I say thank you! X

  2. Christina Boyd
    October 17, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you for this and your continued support. Tweeting out. @xtnaboyd

  3. Celine
    October 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Bonjour Henry,

    Je commente en français cette fois :)

    Merci beaucoup pour avoir partagé ce très bel et très émouvant article concernant Gina et les orangs-outans.
    Une page se tourne avec la disparition de Gina, mais d’autres s’ouvrent avec ses descendants, perpétuant ainsi l’espoir que d’autres générations verront le jour grâce aux bons soins de Durrell Wildlife et à notre soutien.
    Repose en paix, Gina, petite étoile parmi les milliers qui nous entourent. Chaque être vivant apporte quelque chose ; Gina l’a fait.

    Tout mon soutien et mes pensées à l’équipe de Durrell,
    Bonne chance à vous Henry pour tous vos projets.

    Avec tout mon coeur,


  4. October 17, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    Hi Henry thank you so much for this wonderful post and a wonderful tribute to Gina the orangutan I really think that what Durrell is doing for these amazing animals is absolutely fabulous and I love the fact that they care about them so much and want to make sure that they are still around so that everyone can enjoy them and learn about them. I really admire you and all the charity work that you are doing, you’re absolutely amazing and I am so proud and honored to be a fan of yours, all the best to you and the Durrell Wildlife Team :) Rawan x

  5. Rowena Schulzer
    October 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Dearest Henry,

    How are you?
    I have learned about Gina, the orangutan’s passing from a tweet of Durrell’s. And although, I have not had the opportunity to meet/see her, it saddened me. I felt the loss. Indeed, she is missed dearly not only for her contributions to the cause but to the people whom she touched lives for more than 50 years. Your’s included.
    To honour Gina, I have made a small contribution. It is my hope and I dare say, your’s as well, that more people do the same. Inside the #CavillConservation family as well as outside.
    And may I say, you are doing a good job in raising awareness for these helpless endangered creatures. Keep doing what you do.
    And to Durell’s staff/team, Thank You.
    God Bless.

    “So without further ado…..Gina.” -Henry Cavill


    Rowena Schulzer

  6. Claudia Hoehn
    October 17, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    My dear Henry,

    I’ve heard of Gina’s passing by a posting on Facebook and it makes me sad to not have had the possibility of knowing her. I can only agree to what has been said here. If you take care of such an amazing creature for such a long time you bond very much with this animal, somewhat on a higher level of consciousness and feel that this special being understands exactly what you are thinking and doing, what your intentions are and how you feel. These highly intelligent animals deserve the very best of care, our attention, love and help, not only in wildlife parks but in their natural surroundings, too. But I trust that Durrell is doing exactly this or else you wouldn’t support them.

    I highly appreciate your love, dedication and support for animals in general and especially for Durrell’s protégés. In all these lifetimes we have known each other as well as in this life I’ve learned and know how much you love to take care of someone who can’t help himself and in my eyes it speaks volumes of your loving and kind soul that we both share, and without a second thought I would do the exactly the same if I had the possibilities you have. It is very important to bring awareness to endangered animals all over the world and you are doing a fantastic job in this! Keep up your good work, Henry!

    Of course I’ve made a small donation for this cause and hope it helps to support Durrell’s wonderful work. I hope I will have the chance to visit this great wildlife park and meet your family there.

    All of my heart and love

    Claudia Hoehn, Germany

  7. Stacey MacGowan
    October 18, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Dear Henry and the wonderful people of Durrell….

    I just want to say how sorry I am about Gina. I know she was very dear to you all! There’s nothing anyone can say that would make the sorrow feel any less, but I think Gina lived a wonderful life and it’s because of all of you! Who knows what would have become of Gina if she wasn’t rescued and cared for at Durrell’s! From what I’ve read Gina was very happy and content and because of that she was able to give back in her own way by bringing joy to all who were lucky enough to meet her! She will be missed terribly but she will never be forgotten! Be proud, you made that possible the day she was rescued! Henry and friends keep up the wonderful work you do protecting those endangered creatures!!!
    Stacey (U.S.A)

  8. October 18, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Henry, when I have learned about Gina Orangutan from tweet Durrell. saddened me, I’m sorry ,I never had the chance to see Gina Orangutan .Henry I’m so proud, you’ve done so much work for the whole Durrell Wildlife Park . You are a true Superman with a loving heart, good luck ,God bless you, my dear friend, I love you !!! Eva from Prague -Czech Republic

  9. October 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Dear Henry, when I have learned about Gina Orangutan from tweet Durrell. saddens me, I’m sorry ,I never had the chance to see Gina Orangutan .Henry I’m so proud, you’ve done so much work for the whole Durrell Wildlife Park . You are a true Superman with a loving heart, good luck ,God bless you, my dear friend, I love you !!! Eva from Czech Republic Prague !

  10. Olivia L.Thompson
    October 19, 2014 at 6:48 am

    Dear Henry,

  11. Celeste Franco
    October 19, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Dear Henry,
    I apologize for my very bad english, I’m from South America, a place away from Durrell.
    First of all, I congratulate your work, it is very noble, makes us reflect how indebted we are to nature.
    It is very sad about Gina :(
    Strength and success to this great team!
    It is admirable.
    Our heart full of tenderness Henry!
    I’m dying to know the park one day …
    Celeste Franco

  12. October 20, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Hi guys, very important work that’s being done. I’m a vet nurse in England who works with a vet who goes to India every year to stitch up birds that have been caught in the kite wires during the kite festivals. Their charity is Check out their website too, everyone working together can only be a good thing.

  13. Mihaela Radu
    October 22, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    Dear Henry,
    I think this is a sensitive message from a sensitive heart. I understand and I appreciate very much what you really try to do involving in this project at Durrell Wildlife Park. We all have a duty to protect the animals after the human race destroyed their habitats.
    You must know I’m not a British but that doesn’t mean that I can’t support you and the Durrell’s Team.
    I wish to visit Durrell Wildlife Park…someday…till then I wish you all the best.

  14. VERCHERY . Y
    October 23, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    hello every body,
    In French, I’ll say : paix et amour à l’âme de Gina. Que la force soit avec toute l’Equipe et à ses Amours de Poils

  15. Chris
    November 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    Dear Henry, this all reminds me also that film “The end of the Mohicans”, which always moves me. Some people is also important because they represent a culture; not a race or tribe or family, but a value system, per se. I respect you as the actor you are, and also as the person. You both have a bit of my heart, it doesn´t matter which my tribe is. But maybe you are the last of my tribe, actually. So take care very much.


    November 19, 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Bonjour Henry, je constate qu’il y a une erreur de traduction de mot, ce n’est pas “vigueur” mais ….que la Force…..Well ! Please, pourriez-vous me dire de quelle race de chien KAL appartient-il ? J’espère qu’Il ne souffre pas trop lors de vos voyages en avion. Bonne continuation et bonne chance au sujet de votre projet Familial. Avec toute ma sympathie

    • Céline
      November 20, 2014 at 1:28 pm

      Je viens de lire votre message et d’après les sites de fans dédiés à Henry, Kal serait un Akita :-)
      Bonne journée,


  17. December 21, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Dear Henry,

    I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to hear that you are an animal rights activist/conservationist such as myself—lovely stumbling upon your Cavill Conservation website—but then to read that a beautiful orangutan has passed away saddens me. I’ve always loved animals and do anything I can to help them—it breaks my heart that most of them will be gone before my son is 20 years old (he’s 4 now) and I want to help preserve this world and the animals in it the best I can. So thank you, thank you for stepping up and being a force for good in this world and doing your part for the animals. Really makes us all love you that much more.

    Yours in Conservation,


  18. April 20, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Henry Cavill it saddens me to find that Gina the Orangutan has passed away. But it makes me happy to see people such as yourself be so involved in the support and survival of theses animals and others. They need exactly that.
    You are an inspiration.

  19. April 20, 2015 at 7:57 am

    Rae: my previous comment.
    Name correction.

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