Gorilla Council for Conservation Action
The Gorilla Council is a membership organization of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. It was created to provide institutions a meaningful way to become involved in gorilla conservation.
By becoming a member your institution will be directly involved in:
- Field protection for gorillas against poachers, human illness and other threats
- Continuing research and education on the gorilla ecosystem
- Community development for the people who share gorilla habitats
Benefits of becoming a Gorilla Council member:
Your organization will benefit from becoming a member of the Gorilla Council in many ways. Some of the benefits available include:
- Fossey Fund Africa-based staff available for lectures, functions, or media interviews
- Direct feeds of conservation news and stories to use in your publications and social media
- Use of the Gorilla Council Member Seal indicating your institution’s investment in gorilla conservation
We know that locating funding is always a concern. To help your organization join the Gorilla Council, we have developed turn-key fundraising programs that your volunteers or staff can implement, with guidance from the Fossey Fund.
How to get involved:
There are many ways for your staff, volunteers and constituencies to become actively involved in gorilla conservation.
We will help you develop an action plan that combines your particular expertise, networks, volunteer ideas, funding and access to the public. This plan will outline ways your institution can directly help gorilla conservation efforts.
For organizations that cannot be as actively involved with the Council, we encourage you to use your membership as a platform for becoming a spokesperson in your community for gorilla conservation. We’ll provide you the tools for creating public awareness in your area.
2013 Annual Gorilla Council Project:
Gorilla Council memberships of $5,000 or less help support the basic operating costs of gorilla field conservation. If a Council member wishes to be involved in a particular Fossey Fund project, they may do so:
- by choosing to designate any or all of their Gorilla Council dues over $5,000
- by making a gift, separate from the Gorilla Council toward the project of their choice
Each year the Fossey Fund will name a project where support is particularly needed for Gorilla Council members to consider designating their membership dues.
The 2013 project is the GRACE (Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education) Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Learn more about the GRACE Center.
Memberships are offered to organizations for one calendar year. Dues range from as little as $2,500 to $50,000 per year.
Potential members are encouraged to make a commitment to join prior to January so that they may take advantage of time-sensitive benefits for the coming year.
Click here to see a current list of Gorilla Council members.