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.

It’s #GorillaGivingTuesday, and we know that we are BETTER TOGETHER. Join our efforts to save a species and donate or start a fundraiser today!


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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THE TIME IS NOW. Giving Tuesday is almost over but there is still time to make an impact that last forever. For only a few more hours your donation is matched. Follow the link and help save a species. 💛🦍 (LINK IN BIO) #givingtuesday ...

🚨WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SAVE GORILLAS! 🦍 Your donation is matched $ for $ for the next few hours. Help us save a species this #givingtuesday. We know we are #bettertogether. 💛🦍(LINK IN BIO) ...

Today’s the day– it’s #gorillagivingtuesday 🎉🦍 and we need your help! Can you help us reach our goal of $200,000 for the future of gorillas? Have your donation matched NOW! 🚨 (LINK IN BIO) ...

No matter how many times they do it, the gorilla’s ability to balance on a small branch always amazes us! Here is 2 year old Uwacu hanging out and giving us a little show with their chest beats! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: Nadia Niyonizeye

Tomorrow is #GorillaGivingTuesday, our biggest campaign of the year, and we depend on your critical support to ensure that our work continues to fight for the future of gorillas! Time is running out. Get involved today and have your gift matched up to $55k! Follow the link and help #saveaspecies (LINK IN BIO) ...

We have had the honor of protecting six generations of mountain gorillas and helping the population come back from the brink of extinction. But we wouldn't have been able to accomplish this without supporters like you. Can we count on you to help us protect gorillas for generations to come?

Get involved today and help save a species because we know we are #bettertogether. 🤝

The holidays are here and new items just hit our store! Follow the link and find that perfect gift for the holiday season. 

100% of the profits from the sales of our gorilla gear go directly towards supporting our boots on the ground efforts 365 days a year. Shop today and give the gift that keeps on giving. 💛🦍 Link in bio.

Make sure you have someone to snuggle up with during the cold winter months! Here is 4-year-old Umuryango hugging 2-year-old Uwacu. The two of them are in the same family lineage and both a part of Pablo’s group! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation ...

Munching and crunching away! Silverback Ubwuzu enjoying his afternoon snack. Do you know how much an adult silverback can weigh up to? Answer below and we will let you know if you are right! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation
📸: Cedric Ujeneza

When you give, you are funding our boots-on-the-ground work — the backbone of our conservation efforts. Today until Giving Tuesday, November 29th, your donation will be matched up to $55K. That means every dollar you donate to save gorillas will be doubled.

Can we count on your support this #gorillagivingtuesday? 💛🦍

We LOVE to see how gorillas take care of one another and babysitting the young ones of the group is definitely a role they all love to take on! Here is Umuryango ( 4 years old) taking care of 10-month-old Ubusugire in Pablo’s group. It’s also amazing to see young male gorillas like Umuryango take on this role because it allows us to see how they will be once they become a dad themselves! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: James Munyawera

We've started a new series of stories about each of the mountain gorilla family groups that we monitor in Rwanda, written by our gorilla program senior advisor, Veronica Vecellio. She's been studying them for almost 20 years and presents an inside look at what makes each group unique. The first story is on a group started in 2019 by young silverback Mutobo. 🦍 Check out the link in our bio! ...

🔊SOUND ON🔊 Gorilla communication is amazing! Sometimes silverbacks display to solicit the group to move after resting. Here you can see Ishavu displaying with hooting and pulling down a vine to get everyone’s attention, and it looks like it worked! #nature #conservation #nature #mountaingorillas

📸: Thadee Muhire

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