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Gorillas are beautiful, resilient animals. But poaching and habitat destruction have pushed their populations to the brink of extinction in recent decades.

Our brave founder, Dian Fossey, knew that gorillas would need our help to survive. Today, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to continuing and expanding Dian’s work. We protect gorillas and their forests every day, while also helping the people who live near them. Click here to give today.

Dian Fossey:

A Conservation Pioneer

Dian Fossey’s work to study and protect the lives of the wild gorillas in Rwanda touched the hearts of people around the world. Her focus, courage and passion have inspired many conservationists who have followed since. And her legacy lives on today, in the gorilla protection, science, education and people programs of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

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Gorillas are incredibly social animals. Even dominant silverbacks enjoy spending time with other members of their groups. 🦍

In this photo, see dominant silverback Ubwuzu pose for a quick snapshot with 5-year-old Umukuru. 💛

📸 Photo: Bertrand Mahirwe


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Those first few months with a new baby are truly magical. ✨

In this video, mom Nsanganira rests while her young infant sweetly breastfeeds.

📹 Video: Josue Nsengiyumva


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When you are a little gorilla in the forest, there are so many things to do. Human parents can probably relate. Sometimes babies will find a simple object -- for instance, a stick -- to be an absolutely outstanding plaything!

Watch Kura -- who turns three years old this Friday 🤗 -- remain fascinated with her new toy.

(Happy Early Birthday, Kura! 🎊 )

📹 Video: James Munyawera


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What an incredible event. 🤩

A little over a week ago, we had the pleasure of uniting our dedicated staff from Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Atlanta at our Ellen DeGeneres Campus for a special gathering and celebration of our work. 🎉 🙌

Together, we reflected on the remarkable achievements of 2023 and set our sights on even greater accomplishments in 2024. The event was a joyful and fun-filled occasion, symbolizing the strength and unity of our team.

🥂 Cheers to a year of thriving and continued growth for both gorillas and people!


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✨ Meet Ubu! ✨ 💛

This adorable infant loves his Mom, family members and close buddies. He's a playful little guy and wastes no time enjoying life!

Uburinganire, or "Ubu" for short, is now available to be adopted for a limited time! When you symbolically adopt Ubu, you contribute to his livelihood, protection and care.

Adoptions ALSO make great gifts. With Valentine's Day coming up (*hint hint*) consider giving the gift of conservation! How could your Valentine *not* love his sweet face? 💛 💛 💗 💖 💛 💛

Adopt Ubu today OR learn more -- link in bio!

#valentinesday #valentines #valentines #valentinesgift #conservation

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It's nap time, chill time and fun time... all at the same time! 🤣 😂 😅

In this video, little Nshunguye plays on the ever-patient Urwibutso's back. Nearby, we see Pato, Kurudi, Agaseke and more! This is quite a beautiful family view. 💛

📹 Video: Alliance Umwizerwa

And, here's just a little reminder -- you can adopt Nshunguye! 🦍
Learn more by visiting the adopt link in our bio.

#conservation #gorillas

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Just like humans, gorillas like to rest in different positions. Here is Kurudi dozing off.

We hope you feel just as relaxed as Kurudi today! 😴 😌

📸 Photo: Alliance Umwizerwa

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Not bad for such a little one! 😍 💛

In this video, watch 8-month-old Nibagwire from Segasira's group explore some new moves! 🦍

📹 Video: Emmanuale Izabayo


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It was a tense moment.

Two weeks ago, Dushishoze's and Musilikale's groups interacted as seven large silverbacks of the two groups had a confrontation. They posed and displayed, but no consequences followed. One female was tempted to switch groups, and yet, all gorillas ended up returning to their own. 🦍

📹 Video: Jonas Antony & Emmanuel Izabayo

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Look at that little tongue! 😍 🤗 😋

In this photo, Nsanganira rests with her 2-month-old infant.

📸 Photo: Diane Ishimwe

#conservation #cute

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Turikumwe will turn 2 this year! ✨

As you can probably tell, this is a curious and playful gorilla. Turikumwe often stays close to Mom, but is *still* brave enough to venture out a few meters now and then. 🦍

📹 Video: Emmanuel Izabayo

#conservation #infantgorilla

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Any fans of Pablo's group out there? 🤔

Here's a recent photo capturing several group members resting together. 💛

📸 Photo: Bertrand Mahirwe

#conservation #gorillaconservation

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Adopt Uburinganire, Dian Fossey's birthday buddy.