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 our help to survive. Today, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to continuing and expanding Dian’s work. We protect gorillas and their forests every day, while also helping the people who live near them. Click here to give today.

As the Fossey Fund continues to implement ways to reduce our carbon footprint and ensure donations are being directed to our mission and providing the greatest impact, we have made the necessary decision to discontinue the production and distribution of the annual calendar. We hope you will continue to enjoy seeing and learning more about the gorillas and our community work via our website, or Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. Thank you.

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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Nap time for the whole fam! ☺️

📸: Olivier Dusenge

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Have you taken our gorilla personality quiz yet? Check the link in our bio and don’t forget to tell us which gorilla personality you got! ...

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Fun Fact Friday: Poppy, who gave birth at 41, was the oldest gorilla ever recorded to do so. She was also the last surviving gorilla who was originally monitored by Dian Fossey. ...

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Drying off in the warm sun after a rain shower. No better feeling. 😎

📸: Jean De Dieu Tuyizere

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Our CEO, Dr. Tara Stoinski, an alum of @tuftsuniversity, was recently featured in a 'Tufts Now' story. Check out the full story at the link in our bio and see how the Fossey Fund has stayed committed to gorilla conservation even through some of the toughest challenges imaginable! #conservation (link in bio) ...

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It’s playtime for everyone in Musilikale’s group! 🤪

📸: Veronica Vecellio

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Mountain gorilla group Ntambara has a history going all the way back to Dian Fossey, with original roots in her study Group 5. It’s also known for having multiple silverbacks and adding a lot to our understanding of gorilla group behavior. Insider story at the link in our bio from our Gorilla Program Senior Advisor Veronica Vecellio.

📸: J.P. Samedi Mucyo

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The Congo Basin, where our teams work to protect the critically endangered Grauer’s gorillas, is one of our planet’s last remaining defenses against climate change so it’s critical that our work there continues. Wondering how important? Well, our Nkuba Conservation Area, which is approximately 600,000 acres of pristine tropical rainforest, holds up to HALF A BILLION TONS of carbon! 🤯

📸: Yntze van der Hoek

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Check out Imbuto! He was just a small blackback when he left his group at age 11. Now at 13 years old, he's an impressive size and has developed a gorgeous gray back. It's common for male gorillas to eventually leave their family group to form their own at around age 14-15, but Imbuto left at a much younger age than usual. We can't wait to see what the future holds for this determined guy!

📸: Jonas Anthony

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Ever wonder what the trip from Rwanda to our Nkuba Conservation Area in the DRC entails? Well, our biodiversity research Yntze is here to show you.

📸: Yntze van der Hoek

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How cool! Ukwiyunga, Ubuhamya, and Ubuhamya are captivated by their reflection in the water!

📸: Olivier Dusenge

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The face you make when you are trying to figure out how the weekend flew by so quick! 🧐🤔

📸: James Munyawera

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It’s Kira’s 4th birthday 🎉🎁 Kira is growing up quickly! He has gained independence from his mom Shishikara this past year and is loving life as a big brother after the arrival of his baby brother in September!

📸: James Munyawera

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