John Aspinal, British aristocrat who became famous as a professional gambler, and the founder of the Mayfair gambling club, the Clermont, became even more famous when he used his winnings to build an exotic wildlife refuge on his large Kent estate, rescuing many troubled animals including gorillas. During his life, Aspinal was devoted to his zoo, cashing in family heirlooms just to feed the animals when times were tight. When he died in 2000, loved ones placed a monument to his zoo beside his grave.
Aspinal made his mark in gambling as a young man when he took his Oxford money and put it on a horse at Ascot. He used his gambling skills to make a fortune and move up in society to join the British aristocracy.
Thirteen years after his death, Aspinal’s son, Damien, decided to release the gorillas from the Aspinal collection into the wild. The son feels ill at the sight of zoos and cannot wait to return his father’s animals to their natural environment.
The younger Aspinal, though sharing his grandfather’s love for the animals, didn’t believe the zoo contributed much to an understanding of the animals they held in captivity, so he became determined to release them back into their natural habitats. What are the odds of that?