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.   Learn more about Dian Fossey  

Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund breaks ground on a new campus for gorilla conservation

On Feb. 12, 2019 we broke ground on a new permanent home for all of our activities in Rwanda. Full construction on the Ellen DeGeneres Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, named in honor of a lead gift by American celebrities and conservationists Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia de Rossi, is planned to start this summer, with completion expected in 2021. Learn More

Gorilla Family Trees

Gorillas live in groups with many of their relatives. We track all births and matriarchal lines and use DNA testing to determine paternity because adult males can mate with numerous females. See the results on our gorilla family tree! Learn More

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Your donation is crucial to helping the Fossey Fund continue daily protection and study of critically endangered gorillas, as well as the community programs that support this work. Make a donation now

Fri, March 27, 2020

Pablo’s Group

Fact 1: Pablo’s group has always been a record breaker in many ways.  It has existed for more than 25...

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Fri, March 20, 2020

Women in Conservation

Fact 1: The Fossey Fund is and always has been woman-led. In our 50+ year history, we have always been...

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Fri, March 13, 2020

Movies

Movie 1: For a movie about Dian Fossey and the gorillas she worked with, watch Gorillas in the Mist Gorillas...

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Fri, March 6, 2020

Gorilla Poop

Fact 1: Poop helps us learn paternity Since there are groups with more than one silverback (potential fathers), we can’t...

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Fri, February 28, 2020

Common Misconceptions

Fact 1: Gorillas are strong and muscular, but they aren’t as scary as you might think. Movies like “King Kong”...

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Fri, February 21, 2020

Dian Fossey

Fact 1: Dian loved animals from an early age Dian’s love of animals began when she acquired her first pet,...

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Fri, February 14, 2020

Gorilla Affection

Today we are celebrating Valentine’s Day! 1: Gorillas create bonds through grooming Grooming is an excellent way for gorillas to...

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Thu, February 13, 2020

Size Matters

Science confirms: Size matters for mountain gorillas For male mountain gorillas, one thing is certain – size matters, especially when...

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