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

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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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Happy 9th birthday, Fasha! Fasha was only 3 years old when our trackers found her caught in a snare. Today, almost 6 years later, Fasha’s story is still a great reminder of just how critical it is that our staff is out in the field 365 days a year. We could not meet this challenge without the incredible support from our donors all around the world. #gorillas #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation ...

While tiny in comparison to a 400lb silverback gorilla, bees play a vital role in keeping gorillas and their habitats healthy! Check out our full story on beekeeping at our Nkuba Conservation Area in the DR Congo to see how bees are doing their part to save gorillas #worldbeekeepingday (LINK IN BIO) ...

We are excited to see our new home featured in @archdigest!

“The architecture will elevate the whole field of conservation.” Dr. Tara Stoinski, President and CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

Follow the link in our bio to check out the full article.

📸: Cedric Ujeneza

🦍Adoptions Update🦍 Our last new gorilla available for adoption is the handsome Imfura! He is a 23 year old silverback that belongs to Pablo’s group. He definitely would love to be a part of your family this Mother’s Day! Head to the link in our bio to adopt today! #gorillaconservation #mountaingorillas

📸: Cedric Ujeneza

Sale extended! Don’t miss your chance to purchase one of our net positive MoonGorilla #NFTs! 100% of proceeds will go towards expanding our protection of gorillas and their forest home! To learn more or purchase your MoonGorilla visit the link in our bio! ...

Happy May! Here we have mother Akamaro and her 6 month old female infant just relaxing and enjoying a snack! What did you do this weekend? #gorillas #mountaingorillas #conservation

📸: James Munyawera

On April 22, our team joined 60 kids from nature club at Rwinzovu school to celebrate the #earthday under the theme “Invest in our planet”. Using their creative minds, kids competed through poems, songs that reflect the role of Volcanoes National Park and why it is essential that people put their full effort into protecting the mountain gorilla and its habitat. “It was incredibly fun and exciting too!! These outdoor activities are educational and fun at the same time. Thus, they helped me enhance my understanding and learn more about the environment.” Bless Mugisha Moise, a student and member of nature club at Rwinzovu school.

📸: Cedric Ujeneza

DId you know that a gorilla eats up to about 40 pounds of food per day? No wonder they are so massive! #gorillafacts #gorillas #conservation

📸: James Munyawera

Happy 26th birthday to this beautiful girl! Kurudi is currently the oldest in Titus’ group and is mom to Macibiri and Nshunguye. We hope today is full of her favorite snacks and the best napping spot! #gorillaconservation #nature #wildlife

📸: J.P. Samedi Mucyo

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