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.

It’s #GorillaGivingTuesday, and we know that we are BETTER TOGETHER. Join our efforts to save a species and donate or start a fundraiser 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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Being able to adapt and find a comfortable sleeping spot in the forest is a wonderful skill to have. Here is 2-year-old Uwacu from Pablo’s group enjoying their daily nap!
📸: Nadia Niyonizeye

The alliance between the silverbacks in a group is key to group cohesiveness. Though they get along and respect each other, you rarely see them resting together. Here you can see dominant silverback Gicurasi of Pablo’s group and subordinate silverback, Ubwuzu, peacefully enjoying a rest together. 🥰 #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: James Munyawera

One of the mountain gorilla groups we follow, led by silverback Musilikale, is known for its really large males. This makes things interesting when they encounter other groups! Story plus video here. (LINK IN BIO) ...

Nothing beats the sunshine after a hard rain fall, especially during this season in Rwanda! Here is juvenile Ishya from the Sabyinyo group soaking up the warm sunshine! The Sabyinyo group is monitored by @rdb_rw and Fossey Fund researchers collect important data on their ecology and social life.

📸: Jean de Dieu Tuyizere

Still searching for that perfect #holiday gift? 🤔 The search is over! New items just arrived in our store, right in time for the gift giving season. 🎁 Shop today and give the gift that keeps on giving! (LINK IN BIO) ...

It’s not common to spot an ENTIRE gorilla family moving in an open area and it is always amazing to see when it happens! Here is the Sabyinyo group made up of 16 gorillas! Can you see the two silverbacks in line? The Sabyinyo group is monitored daily by the Rwanda Development Board (@rdb_rw) and Fossey Fund Researcher’s collect important data on their ecology and social life. #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation
📸: Jean de Dieu Tuyizere

THE TIME IS NOW. Giving Tuesday is almost over but there is still time to make an impact that last forever. For only a few more hours your donation is matched. Follow the link and help save a species. 💛🦍 (LINK IN BIO) #givingtuesday ...

🚨WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE GORILLAS! 🦍 Your donation is matched $ for $ for the next few hours. Help us save a species this #givingtuesday. We know we are #bettertogether. 💛🦍(LINK IN BIO) ...

Today’s the day– it’s #gorillagivingtuesday 🎉🦍 and we need your help! Can you help us reach our goal of $200,000 for the future of gorillas? Have your donation matched NOW! 🚨 (LINK IN BIO) ...

No matter how many times they do it, the gorilla’s ability to balance on a small branch always amazes us! Here is 2 year old Uwacu hanging out and giving us a little show with their chest beats! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: Nadia Niyonizeye

Tomorrow is #GorillaGivingTuesday, our biggest campaign of the year, and we depend on your critical support to ensure that our work continues to fight for the future of gorillas! Time is running out. Get involved today and have your gift matched up to $55k! Follow the link and help #saveaspecies (LINK IN BIO) ...

We have had the honor of protecting six generations of mountain gorillas and helping the population come back from the brink of extinction. But we wouldn't have been able to accomplish this without supporters like you. Can we count on you to help us protect gorillas for generations to come?

Get involved today and help save a species because we know we are #bettertogether. 🤝

The holidays are here and new items just hit our store! Follow the link and find that perfect gift for the holiday season. 

100% of the profits from the sales of our gorilla gear go directly towards supporting our boots on the ground efforts 365 days a year. Shop today and give the gift that keeps on giving. 💛🦍 Link in bio.

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