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, February 14, 2020

Gorilla Affection

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Thu, February 13, 2020

Size Matters

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Fri, February 7, 2020

Your Questions Answered

See which questions made the list this month! Question 1: Do gorillas use tools? Unlike chimpanzees, gorillas in the wild...

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Wed, February 5, 2020

From Poacher to Healer

We first encountered Masumbuko Libeyo Acheteur in the heart of the Nkuba Conservation Area (NCA) in the Democratic Republic of...

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Fri, January 24, 2020

Great Apes

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Wed, January 22, 2020

Bringing Water to Bisate

When the pipes that delivered water to their villages began to fail, 4,489 people from six villages in Bisate, just...

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Fri, January 10, 2020

Your Questions Answered

This week we’re answering your questions from the past month! 1: What are the different age classes for gorillas? While...

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Fri, January 3, 2020

New Year’s Resolutions

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Fri, December 27, 2019

25 Facts

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Fri, December 20, 2019

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