Daily Protection

The best way to save endangered species and conduct effective conservation is with direct, sustained protection in the wild. This is the foundation of our work and why mountain gorillas are the only wild ape whose population is growing.

Scientific Research

We operate the longest-running gorilla research site in the world, the Karisoke Research Center. Most of what is known about gorillas is based on studies conducted at Karisoke over the last 50 years.  Our research also focuses on understanding many of the unique animals and plants that also call these forests home.

Educating Conservationists

Education is key to empowering people and creating the next generation of conservationists. We work directly with local educational institutions and partner organizations to strengthen their programs and capacity, training hundreds of young scientists each year.

Helping Communities

We believe that working with and helping local communities is crucial to effective and sustainable conservation. Only when people are thriving can gorillas, other wildlife and their habitats thrive too. That’s why our motto is “Helping People. Saving Gorillas.”

The Value of Our Work

Saving gorillas is an important mission, but the value of this work is even more far reaching. When gorillas are protected, so are their important forest habitats, which are important ecosystems that support our planet and all life on earth.

Our holistic conservation efforts also directly help people and communities, improving the health and livelihoods of people who live near the gorillas, and helping to build the next generation of conservationists in Africa.

Where We Work

The Fossey Fund protects two endangered gorilla species in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and in the Virunga Mountains of Rwanda and Congo.

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