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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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THIS THURSDAY, September 21 - your #WorldGorillaDay donation will be matched up to $5K! 🦍✨

Learn more about World Gorilla Day (link in bio)!

#conservation #savethegorillas #environment

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💛This World Gorilla Day, YOU are invited to partner with us to help save gorillas. There are SO MANY things you can do!

⚪️Start a fundraiser and earn gorilla SWAG
⚪️Give to support gorilla conservation (we are matching up to $5K THIS WEDNESDAY, 09/20/23)
⚪️Buy a World Gorilla Day T-shirt
⚪️Host a World Gorilla Day event at your company/school/neighborhood
⚪️Share a post on social media and tag #worldgorilladay

...and so much more.

There has never been a better time to become a conservationist.

Will you join us? 🤔

Just visit the World Gorilla Day link in our bio to learn about how YOU can join us in our journey to save these incredible creatures.

#conservation #environment #gorillas

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Big news! In honor of World Gorilla Day this year, don’t miss “SAVING THE GORILLAS: ELLEN’S NEXT ADVENTURE!” 🦍

The brand-new documentary will premiere on @discovery on Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The film will subsequently air Sunday, Sept. 24 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on @animalplanet and @streamonmax and @discoveryplus. And yep, Sept. 24 is World Gorilla Day (one of our FAVORITE days)!

Embark on the journey of a lifetime with Ellen and Portia as they share in our dream to build a new permanent, purpose-built center for conservation honoring the legacy of Dian Fossey. Together with our CEO Dr. Tara Stoinski, Director of Rwanda Programs Felix Ndagijimana and many others, the documentary follows how together we created an eco-friendly campus where more than 40,000 students, scientists and tourists have visited to date, ensuring the next generation has the chance to experience the wonder of gorillas and a thriving world!

Mark your calendar, watch #SavingTheGorillas: Ellen’s Next Adventure Saturday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on @Discovery and the next day on @streamonmax, and round out your World Gorilla Day celebration! 🦍

#conservation #worldgorilladay

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Twins occur in approximately 8% of gorilla births, so they are incredibly rare! We love keeping an eye on them when they do occur! Gorillas Isango Gakura and Isango Gato from Hirwa group are now 12 years old, meaning they are now at the age where the hair on their back will change from black to silver and they will become silverbacks! Aren't they handsome?!?! 📸 James Munyawera ...

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Urusobe is at it again! A mountain gorilla's diet consists of many herbaceous plants and even ferns that grow on tree branches. Urusobe is currently enjoying a snack from fern called Pleopeltis 🤤 . 🎥 Jean de Dieu Tuyizere ...

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Moving through the trees can be a bit tricky, but Urusobe from Kwisanga's group knows exactly which branches are safe to walk on 😉 🎥 Jean de Dieu Tuyizere ...

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How far away can you hear a gorillas chest beat? Leave your answers in the comments and check our story for the answer! ...

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BIG NEWS 📣 birthing season in Kabatwa and Kinege golden monkey groups is here! Check out Vicky from Kinege group with her newborn 🥰 . 📸 Marcel Ngabikwiye ...

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Dominant silverback Kigoma from Kwisanga's family, appears to be intimidated as the younger silverback Lisanga approaches 😳. Recently, Kwisanga group split into sub-groups, with some gorillas choosing to follow Lisanga while still remaining close to the main group. 📸 : Jean de Dieu Tuyizere ...

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The infant gorillas of Rwanda have officially received their names! Check out the infants in the groups we monitor and their new names!#kwitaizina ...

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Tomorrow is #kwitaizina and we are excited to share the 12 infant gorillas being named in the groups our teams protect! Check out the full story in the link in our bio. ...

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Today is the last day to order our World Gorilla Day shirt and have it in time to celebrate on 9/24! Youth sizes and women’s cuts are available, so your whole family can support gorillas and look good doing it! ...

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