Saving gorillas since 1967

Fewer than 900 mountain gorillas remain. Their habitats are severely threatened. We are on the ground every day protecting them.

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Founded by Dian Fossey

We continue Dian Fossey’s legacy of saving gorillas through daily protection, anti-poaching, research, and community programs. 

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We never leave

We are in the field every day protecting and studying gorillas. With nearly 50 years of experience, we know what it takes to save a species.

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We are all one

A healthy ecosystem benefits everyone. Our health, education and economic programs improve the chances of gorillas surviving.

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Preserving critical forests

We work to protect critical forest habitats in Africa, which are home to gorillas and many other endangered species.

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The next generation of conservationists

For almost a decade, we've delivered conservation education courses to schools close to Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.

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Anti-Poaching Patrol

Protecting gorillas on a daily basis is our mission and our privilege. Ensure Anti-Poaching patrols work everyday.

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Fossey and Gorilla News

  • First seen by Dian Fossey in 1976, mountain gorilla Poppy has now reached 40 years of age, and is the oldest of all the gorillas monitored by the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.

  • Visitors to our Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda can now get an interactive, inside look at gorilla conservation, in an exciting exhibit built by our staff.
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Scan short gorilla updates straight from our field staff by checking our blog and Facebook. Follow us on Twitter & Instagram for quick tidbits. Find out the news as it is happening and join in the discussion.

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Support gorillas with AmazonSmile, a program at Amazon.com that gives a percentage of eligible sales to the charity of your choice. This is a great and easy way to help save gorillas!

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100% of the Fossey Fund's budget is dedicated to programs that save gorillas. Help keep anti-poaching teams in the field, care for rescued gorillas, protect from diseases & more.

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Adopt a Gorilla

Get a gorilla bio, photo and adoption certificate when you “Adopt” a gorilla and help support our daily protection of the gorillas. Sponsor for yourself or give as a unique gift! "Green" option available.

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Visit the gorillas

Fossey Fund Staff members lead Gorilla Expedition trips to Rwanda. You can see the mountain gorillas, get an exclusive tour of the Fossey Fund's Karisoke Research Center, meet our scientists, and much more.

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