The Fossey Fund has studied and protected mountain gorillas in Rwanda since 1967, when Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. Our team of 130 people protect half of Rwanda’s gorillas every day, alongside our partners, the Rwanda Development Board, which also maintains protection teams.

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We work in two areas of Congo where Grauer’s gorillas are located: in one national park and in the core of Grauer’s range in the Walikale territory, where we have four teams providing the only protection and monitoring of this lesser-known type of gorilla.

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Where Gorillas Live

There are four kinds of gorillas, and all are indigenous to Africa, with two types in western Africa and two types in eastern Africa. All are critically endangered, though their numbers vary widely.

The Fossey Fund works with eastern gorillas (mountain and Grauer’s) in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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