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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 need human help to survive the future. Today, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to continuing Dian Fossey’s work to protect gorillas while helping and educating the people who live near them.

WORLD GORILLA DAY IS SEPTEMBER 24

Raise your hands for gorillas this World Gorilla Day!  Click here to see how you can save a species and carry on Dian’s legacy.

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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Today’s #kwitaizina #infant is Kurudi’s infant! We’ve been waiting a long time for Kurudi to give birth again, as her last offspring, Macibiri, was born almost five years ago. This baby was born into Titus’ group on April 18, 2021 — the only infant in the group other than big sister Macibiri, who was named at Kwita Izina in 2017 by our very own CEO, Dr. Tara Stoinski. To read more about Kurudi’s infant and the other infants being named at this weeks Kwita Izina, visit the link in our bio.⠀

📸: Nadia Niyonizeye
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Today’s #kwitaizina infant is 10 year old Umujyanama’s #infant. This is her first infant and they were born just before Valentine’s Day this year. Umujyanama is learning from the other mom’s in Pablo’s group and we are excited to see her and her infant continue to grow! (LINK IN BIO) #gorillas #rwanda #conservation⠀

📸: Laban Kayitete
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Last week an amazing delivery from our friends at @craghoppers arrived! Craghoppers supports our #conservation work by providing the much needed gear our trackers need to find and protect #gorillas 365 days a year! We couldn't do it without them ❤️ ...

Raise your hand if you love gorillas! #WorldGorillaDay, September 24th is just around the corner and we are looking for 50 loyal supporters to help raise $40,000 for #gorillas!⠀

Follow the link and you can start your own #fundraiser today! Call on your friends, family, and colleagues to join the fight to help save a species. (LINK IN BIO) #gorillaconservation #conservation
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#kwitaizina is this week! Today’s #infant is Ikaze’s infant. Born on February 6, 2021, this is Ikaze’s fourth infant. To read more about Ikaze and her infant and other siblings check out our full story (LINK IN BIO) #family #conservation #gorillas⠀

📸: Thadee Muhire
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The youngest member of Ntambara’s group, Tegereza’s infant was born on December 24, 2020 — a Christmas gift for the entire family! Mom Tegereza already has sons in the group, and both help her care for the newborn, whose gender is still unknown. To read more about Tegereza’s #infant and the other infants being named at next week’s #kwitaizina check out the full story here. (LINK IN BIO)⠀

📸: Honorine Ihimbazwe
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Raise your hand 🖐if you're ready to join the fight and save gorillas! #worldgorilladay is September 24th and we need your help. This World Gorilla Day marks the 54th anniversary of the founding of Karisoke Research Center, established by Dian Fossey herself, and we are looking for 50 loyal supporters to help raise $40,000 for gorillas! Follow the link to make a donation and raise support for gorilla protection. (LINK IN BIO) ...

Kubana’s daughter was born on December 23, 2020 — just one month after Nzeli’s infant. Growing up together in Kureba’s group, they are already becoming fast friends and playmates. She will be named at next weeks #kwitaizina check out more of the infants that are being named by visiting our full story (LINK IN BIO) #infants #gorillas #conservation #nature⠀

📸: Jean de Dieu Tuyizere
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35 year old Nzeli has switched groups more frequently than most females, and because of that we are unsure of who the father is of her #infant that was born in November of last year. He will be named at next weeks #kwitaizina visit the link to read more about Nzeli and her infant as well as the other 8 #gorillas that will be named. #rwanda #nature #africa #conservation.⠀(link in bio)

📸: Jean de Dieu Tuyizere
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#WorldGorillaDay creates the opportunity for people all over the world to come together in celebrating the gorilla, and more importantly, taking action to protect gorillas in the wild.⠀

Join us September 24th as we celebrate the 54th anniversary of the founding of Karisoke Research Center, established by Dian Fossey herself. Join the fight and support the #conservation of wild gorillas today! (LINK IN BIO)
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We are just 10 days away from #kwitaizina - #Rwanda’s annual gorilla naming ceremony. This year 9 😳 #infants that we protect are being named! Keep an eye 👀 out each day as we share a little bit about these infants and on #worldgorilladay for their official names.

First up is Rugira’s infant. He is already over a year old but was born too late to be named last year. He is a very active little guy and is often playing with his friend Duhuze. Read his full bio at the link in our bio.
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Apparently the role of big #sister comes with a growth spurt! Can you believe that Macibiri turned 5 😳this year? She is loving big sister life and we are excited to see her continue to grow! #gorillas #africa #nature #conservation⠀

📸: Nadia Niyonizeye
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Just a little cutie to get you through today 😊 Inkomezamihigo is one adorable #infant #gorilla⠀

📸: Nadia Niyonizeye
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#WorldGorillaDay is September, 24th. Will you join the fight? World Gorilla Day is the opportunity for people all over the world to come together to celebrate #gorillas and commit to taking action to protect gorillas in the wild and with YOUR help we can save a species. ⠀

Consider chipping in 5, 10, or 20 to help protect the endangered mountain gorillas of Rwanda and the Grauer’s gorillas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. No matter how small the gift, everything makes a significant and lasting impact. Donate today #WorldGorillaDay #Saveaspecies 🌎🦍 (LINK IN BIO)
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