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, May 22, 2020

Gorilla Communication

Just like in humans, gorilla communication can occur through a variety of methods—body postures, facial expressions, vocalizations.  Communicating Dominance Gorillas...

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Fri, May 8, 2020

Mother’s Day

Fact 1: Gorillas are super-moms! Like other primates, gorilla mothers have very strong bonds with their infants and provide complete...

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Thu, May 7, 2020

Global Big Day- May 9th

On May 9, let’s count birds! The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund will be enthusiastically participating in Global Big Day on...

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Fri, May 1, 2020

#GivingTuesdayNow

1) What is GT Now — https://www.givingtuesday.org/ You may know Giving Tuesday as the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, but in response...

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Fri, April 24, 2020

Research

1. Tara Stoinski, Ph.D. Dr. Tara Stoinski serves as President and CEO and Chief Scientific Officer for the Dian Fossey...

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Mon, April 20, 2020

Earth Day in the DRC

Protecting the biodiversity of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is a global responsibility. You probably know the Fossey Fund...

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Fri, April 17, 2020

Your Questions Answered

Question 1 Tara Stoinski PhD, our President & CEO/Chief Scientific Office is answering a question from Shelby, “My career goal...

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Wed, April 15, 2020

Hello and Goodbye!

It is a bittersweet moment whenever we have a staff transition, but we are happy to announce both the next...

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Tue, April 14, 2020

Nzeli Returns

Despite the crisis raging across the globe, gorilla life continues, as does the daily work of our field staff… In...

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