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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 human help to survive. Today, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund is dedicated to continuing Dian’s work – protecting gorillas while helping and educating the people who live near them.

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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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Do you ever catch your kids doing something that is a little weird and then they act like they weren’t doing anything? That would perfectly describe Uwacu’s personality 💚 Did you know that Uwacu is still up for symbolic adoption? #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Cedric Ujeneza
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We could stare at this handsome guy all day 😍 Here is dominant silverback Mutobo stealing our hearts one look at a time 💚 #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Cedric Ujeneza
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Did you know that sometimes males leave their native group and create a group with other lone silverbacks? These are known as bachelor groups. These groups help the male gorillas learn skills that are needed to become successful leaders before having a family group of their own. Titus, one of the most famous gorillas we ever protected, spent his formative years in a bachelor group. #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: J.P. Samedi Mucyo
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It’s playtime in Ntambara’s group and it looks like we can all learn a lesson in patience from dominant silverback Twibuke. #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Honorine Ihimbazwe
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We love being able to see blackbacks interact with younger gorillas. It allows us to see how they will be when they become dads of their own! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation 

📸: Laban Kayitete
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Dominant silverback Gicurasi leads his group into the forest while living up to their title “gorillas in the mist.” Wait until the end of the video to see the mist roll in right behind them! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation #gorillasinthemist

📸: Laban Kayitete
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Can you see it? Here we have Kundurwanda of Pablo’s group hanging out on the mountainside and hanging out above him is a beautiful golden monkey! With our protection of mountain gorillas comes the protection of the biodiversity around them! #mountaingorillas #goldenmonkeys #nature #conservation

📸: Laban Kayitete
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“I have been participating in this training for two years, and my knowledge about conservation has been increasing impressively. I now know exactly how to convey conservation messages when I am teaching students every day.” Says Jean Claude Ntireganya, Primary 5 teacher at Kabwende school. Jean Claude is one of the teachers who recently attended a one-day training organized by the Fossey Fund. This annual training for primary 3 and 5 teachers from schools around Volcanoes National Park (VNP), is aimed at equipping them with conservation knowledge and looking for methods they can use to integrate conservation messages into the national curriculum. We believe that if teachers and kids learn about gorilla conservation, they will share the messages with their family, friends and community members. By doing this, they will be contributing to the conservation of mountain gorillas and their habitats.

📸: Elias Nizeyimana
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It seems like all siblings are the same, human or gorilla, and just love antagonizing one another! #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Nadia Niyonizeye
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What makes a good leader of a gorilla group? Someone who is patient and playful with the younger gorillas and that is exactly what dominant silverback Gicurasi is for Pablo’s group!

📸: James Munyawera
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Perfect example of how females use their chestbeat to initiate play with other females! Here we have Tabaro initiating play with adult female, Rugira of Musilikale’s group. #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: James Munyawera
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As Ubwuzu leads Pablo’s group through the brush and forest, Gasizi and Tebuka decide to stay back and play for a little while longer. #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Laban Kayitete
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Do we ever think young Kira learned the meaning of personal space? The look on Dushishoze’s face tells us…probably not🤣 #mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Jean de Dieu Tuyizere
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Looks like it is play time in Pablo’s group! Abasore and Tebuka are playing in the back while young Umukuru tries her strength on for size and playfully attacks blackback Kundurwanda. 🤣#mountaingorillas #nature #conservation

📸: Laban Kayitete
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