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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.   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

Help Us Help Gorillas

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

Tue, July 21, 2020

Nature Clubs

Check out the unbelievable work of the school nature clubs around Volcanoes National Park—these children and their teachers are true...

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Fri, July 3, 2020

Our Favorite Facts

Liz Favorite Fact 1 – Episode 50, Public’s Questions #9: How do gorillas share knowledge? Non-human primates don’t have the...

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Tue, June 30, 2020

Campus News- June 2020

Good news from Rwanda, where the construction of our Ellen DeGeneres Campus restarted last month. Once built, our new Ellen...

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