Legacy Adoption: Silverback Cantsbee
Legendary silverback Cantsbee was among one of the original gorillas studied by Dian Fossey – in fact, she recorded his birth and named him! During his lifetime, Cantsbee built an impressive career: he was the longest lived male gorilla ever recorded, the leader of the largest gorilla group scientists ever observed, and he fathered more offspring than any other gorilla known to science! Cantsbee’s iconic legacy lives on today through the critical work of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, made possible by caring people like you!
When you adopt a gorilla, you or your gift recipient will immediately receive (via email):
- A personalized, ready-to-display adoption certificate with a full-color photo of your new family member
- A profile with beautiful images of your gorilla along with detailed information from the field
- A digital subscription to the Gorilla Journal, the Fossey Fund’s quarterly newsletter
- A special video of your new family member
- Plus, a gorilla coloring page!
The Fossey Fund’s adoption program is unique – while the gorillas have graciously allowed humans to share their habitat, the animals we monitor and protect every single day are truly wild – they’re not in a sanctuary. When you symbolically adopt a gorilla through the Fossey Fund, you help ensure the gorillas’ wildness and protection for generations to come.
Why Should I Symbolically Adopt a Gorilla?
Conservation doesn’t happen in isolation.
That’s why our tagline is “Helping People. Saving Gorillas.” We know that conservation only happens when individuals join with organizations to protect and save vulnerable species so that we can all thrive together.
What we do works.
When you give to the Fossey Fund, you’re investing in a proven model of conservation. Due to the intensive protection Dian Fossey began over 51 years ago, mountain gorillas have reached a historic milestone: their numbers have steadily increased over the past 30 years, totaling just over 1,000 individuals today! But their status could change in an instant due to disease, climate change, and other daily threats. That’s why we must keep working together to ensure endangered gorilla populations remain protected.
You can protect gorillas from anywhere on the planet!
Travelling to Africa to see the gorillas in person is the experience of a lifetime, but hopping on a plane doesn’t always fit into our busy schedules. When you adopt a gorilla, you make an immediate and significant impact in the lives of these endangered animals and the humans that live near them. Like Dian and our teams in the field, you can help keep the planet’s last wild gorillas protected every single day.
Adoptions make great gifts!
Every donation saves a gorilla and changes a life – how many gifts do that? From birthdays, weddings, and other special occasions to thank you gifts for business associates and clients – symbolic adoptions make great gifts! Gorilla adoptions also provide the recipient with a unique opportunity to learn about conservation through exclusive content from the field!
We’re fully green.
We work to ensure that every single dollar we receive is used to its fullest potential in order to conserve the endangered wildlife and habitats we protect. That’s why our adoption program is fully digital. It’s not only better for the environment, but it means more direct gorilla protection, and less spending on administrative costs like postage and printing. It also gives you the flexibility to print, display, and gift your adoption materials however you see fit!
We’re fully green.
We work to ensure that every single dollar we receive is used to its full potential in order to conserve the precious endangered wildlife and habitats we protect. That’s why our adoption program is fully digital. It’s not only better for the environment, but it means more direct gorilla protection, and less spending on administrative costs like postage and printing. It also gives you the flexibility to print and display your adoption materials however you see fit!