(NEXSTAR) – The subreddit r/WallStreetBets made headlines final month after the group joined forces to pump up Gamestop and different “meme” shares.
Now, the subreddit is banding collectively as soon as once more, this time within the service of adopting endangered gorillas.
It’s all a part of a well-meaning inside joke: On the subreddit, the group members generally refer to 1 one other as “apes.”
“Apes saving apes,” reads one touch upon a photograph of an adopted gorilla.
The jig began Saturday, in keeping with CNN, when a Redditor adopted a child gorilla named Urungano on behalf of Gamestop from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund. Since then, the fund says Redditors have donated greater than $338,000, all within the service of saving gorillas.
In a message shared to Reddit, the president and CEO of the fund, Tara Stoinski” thanked Redditors for “this unimaginable assist.”
“I used to be simply made conscious that you’ve been adopting gorillas by our web site,” Stoinski mentioned. “I simply wished to say thanks a lot for this unimaginable assist.”
On Twitter, the group mentioned the funds will “go straight into our subject packages, the place twelve months a 12 months we’re monitoring, monitoring and finding out wild gorillas and their habitat, and serving to individuals who share their first dwelling.”
Stoinski mentioned the fund is “the world’s largest and longest-running group” devoted to saving and defending gorillas.
It’s not the primary time the r/WallStreetBets Redditors have used their “beneficial properties” for good. In February, one 20-year-old used his Gamestop windfall to purchase Nintendo Switches and video games for hospitalized youngsters in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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