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, December 13, 2019

Gorilla Vocalizations

This week we are covering gorilla vocalizations! Have you ever heard a gorilla laugh? Check out the article to learn...

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Fri, November 22, 2019

Gorilla Play

This week we are talking about gorilla play! Did you know play is an important part of a young gorillas...

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Fri, November 15, 2019

Gorilla Anatomy

This week we are talking about gorilla anatomy! Did you know gorillas don't have chins?

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Fri, October 25, 2019

Halloween!

Check out our Halloween themed "5 Things Friday!" View this article to find a Dian Fossey costume idea as well...

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Fri, October 11, 2019

5TF: Gorilla Infancy

Fact 1 Infant gorillas are smaller than human infants when they’re born. Gorilla moms have a roughly 8.5-month long gestation...

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