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.

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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Most species of primates have limited social relationships with their siblings. But our latest research shows that mountain gorillas are different! Some brothers and sisters form special bonds 😊 Follow the link for more on this awesome story. ...

What better way to get around the forest than the ride on mom’s back? Mudasumbwa knows it can’t get better than that! Did you know that you can symbolically adopt these two as a pair to give to your loved ones this holiday season? When you give the gift that keeps on giving, you can help ensure the gorillas safety for generations to come! [LINK IN BIO] #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: James Munyawera

We can never get enough of that face! How adorable is Kurinda’s infant from Ntambara’s group 😍 #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: Cedric Ujeneza

These two cuties from Ntambara’s group just love to play! Playing is very important for development in a young gorilla's life and builds  up their confidence! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Cedric Ujeneza

Our trackers in Congo are amazing, camping for weeks at a time to protect critically endangered Grauer's gorillas over 600,000 acres of forest! They also help their community learn about conservation. Read about one of our leading Congolese trackers and how conservation changed his life. (LINK IN BIO) ...

Ishimwe, who is 7 years old, is the only remaining member of Mafunzo’s group to stay in Titus’ group while the others left and formed a new group with silverback Segasira back in June of this year. It is very rare for gorilla males to be accepted into another group but from day one, Ishimwe developed an incredibly solid bond with silverback Urwibutso and now the two spend most of their time together. #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: Veronica Vecellio

Just listen to that C R U N C H! Although it doesn’t look very appetizing, wild thistle is one of the preferred foods of the mountain gorilla! They have a very special technique to eat it as you can see from female Kurinda of Ntambara’s group. This is also one of the gorilla’s main sources of water and is also the main cause of the black stain on the gorilla's teeth and tongue. #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation
📸: Cedric Ujeneza

Even though we see young gorillas play more often than adults, the adults still know how to be silly and have fun! Here are two adult female gorillas of Musilikale’s group Ikaze and Tabaro, playing together! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: James Munyawera

Being able to adapt and find a comfortable sleeping spot in the forest is a wonderful skill to have. Here is 2-year-old Uwacu from Pablo’s group enjoying their daily nap!
📸: Nadia Niyonizeye

The alliance between the silverbacks in a group is key to group cohesiveness. Though they get along and respect each other, you rarely see them resting together. Here you can see dominant silverback Gicurasi of Pablo’s group and subordinate silverback, Ubwuzu, peacefully enjoying a rest together. 🥰 #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: James Munyawera

One of the mountain gorilla groups we follow, led by silverback Musilikale, is known for its really large males. This makes things interesting when they encounter other groups! Story plus video here. (LINK IN BIO) ...

Nothing beats the sunshine after a hard rain fall, especially during this season in Rwanda! Here is juvenile Ishya from the Sabyinyo group soaking up the warm sunshine! The Sabyinyo group is monitored by @rdb_rw and Fossey Fund researchers collect important data on their ecology and social life.

📸: Jean de Dieu Tuyizere

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