December 12, 2014
Thank you to all who help us save gorillas
During this season of thanks, we would like to recognize all of our supporters from around the world who help us save gorillas. The Fossey Fund’s daily gorilla monitoring, community programs, and other work are made possible by the thousands of individuals who adopt gorillas, become partners and members, hold fundraisers, and send in donations. The Fossey Fund is unique in its long-term establishment, and we are especially fortunate to have the dedicated long-term support that we do.
As a nonprofit organization, we are committed to the conservation and protection of gorillas and their habitats in Africa. And because we are a nonprofit, we can only fulfill our mission through the financial support we receive during the year. This support is a visible demonstration of the belief in the importance of our work. Not only are we incredibly grateful for the financial gifts we receive, we are also humbled because we understand there are many worthy causes in the world, and our supporters have chosen the protection of the gorillas for their gifts.
This year, we were able to monitor about 120 individual gorillas in 10 different groups at the Karisoke Research Center, providing more than 20,000 hours of direct protection, and dismantling nearly 500 snares. In neighboring Bisate village, with the aid of Partners in Conservation, we constructed a new learning center with books and 25 computers. The Bisate Learning Center, which will open in 2015, will benefit 2,000 primary and secondary students and will also be available to approximately 20,000 community members. The Fossey Fund has also continued to spread its conservation efforts to Grauer’s gorillas in the Democratic Republic of Congo with our two other permanent field sites in addition to Karisoke, at Nkuba-Biruwe and in Kahuzi-Biega National Park.
We could not have achieved these successes during 2014 without the incredible support we receive. From our staff in Rwanda, Congo and the U.S., we thank you for your support and for saving gorillas! For a list of supporters, click here.