Founded by Dian Fossey in 1978

We continue Dian Fossey’s legacy of saving gorillas through daily protection, anti-poaching, research, and community programs. 

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We never leave

We are in the field every day protecting and studying gorillas. With nearly 50 years of experience, we know what it takes to save a species.

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We are all one

A healthy ecosystem benefits everyone. Our health, education and economic programs improve the chances of gorillas surviving.

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Preserving critical forests

We work to protect critical forest habitats in Africa, which are home to gorillas and many other endangered species.

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Saving gorillas

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas remain. Their habitats are severely threatened. We are on the ground every day protecting them.

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Protecting Grauer's Gorillas in Congo

Grauer’s gorillas are one of the most endangered primates. The Fossey Fund has stepped in to help.

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Fossey and Gorilla News

  • Deo Tuyisingize recently traveled to one of our Congo research sites to help start a new scientific project there.
  • Dominant silverback Ugenda died overnight between April 7-8, following an intense interaction with lone silverback Giraneza.


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Get a gorilla bio, photo and adoption certificate when you “Adopt” a gorilla and help support our daily protection of the gorillas. Sponsor for yourself or give as a unique gift! "Green" option available.

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Gorilla Blog

Scan short updates from our field staff in Africa. Find out what gorilla groups, scientists, and community workers are doing now and learn about the latest gorilla updates in the conservation world!

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Visit the Gorillas

Fossey Fund Staff members lead Gorilla Expedition trips to Rwanda. You can see the mountain gorillas, get an exclusive tour of the Fossey Fund's Karisoke Research Center, meet our scientists, and much more.

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